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Double Your Pleasure with Two Nights of Connan Mockasin

April 30th, 2014

Connan Hosford recorded his first solo album—under the name Connan Mockasin— because “my mum forced me to make a record.” Forever Dolphin Love (stream it below) came out in 2011, and its winning psychedelic pop earned Hosford comparisons to Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd. The album also led to touring Australia and New Zealand with Radiohead and Hosford working with Charlotte Gainsbourg. But when his father had a heart attack, the singer-songwriter returned home to New Zealand to spend time with him. After a while, Connan Mockasin (above, doing “I’m the Man, That Will Find You” for Studio Brussel) took off for Tokyo and holed up in a hotel room for a month working on his second album, Caramel (stream it below), which the Guardian enthusiastically says sounds like an “LSD binge in a sleazy motel, or an elf covering a Barry White album, or maybe even a rom-com set on Mars.” And this week you’ve got two chances to discover how great the new material sounds live because Connan Mockasin and his band play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday. Australian singer-songwriter Kirin J Callinan opens both shows.