Personnel: Heidemann, Tim O'Keefe (vocals); Masaya Ozaki (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Andy Rourke (bass guitar); Hitomi Nakamura (drums).
Recording information: Cozy Operations.
Editors: Irene Su; Beth Wexler.
The debut long-player from actor James Franco and multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Keefe, the aptly named Let Me Get What I Want finds the indie electronic/art rock duo delivering a Smiths-inspired song cycle that's looking to "push beyond the sonic space of music into the surrounding ecology." Let Me Get What I Want manages to evoke the elliptical nature of youthful angst, from breezy, late-summer infatuation ("Lime Green Dress") to the bloody game of musical chairs that is the search for social acceptance ("Car Ride Home"). There's an easy, West Coast timbre to O'Keefe's melodies that plays well with Franco's nostalgic, beat-style ramblings. ~ James Christopher Monger