No stranger to the Asbury Park scene, the endlessly talented Claude Coleman Jr. made his name behind the kit with the genre-defying Ween. Since Gene Ween went off to pursue solo interests, Claude has been seen playing with Little Dickman Records’ TV Tramps and NJ’s Kid Is Qual.
Gestating over that period of time has been the forthcoming 3rd LP under his Amandla moniker which sees Claude wearing the hats of singer-songwriter, engineer/producer, and performer of all the instruments. Not unlike the creative output of Ween, the artist paints drawing from a large palette of soul/folk/rock/psych influences.
The first exciting tease of what to expect when Laughing Hearts drops later this year comes in the form of single “Summer Road”. On the track, Coleman Jr. establishes a shimmering, buoyant sound driven by propulsive percussion, winding keys, and churning pop rock guitars.
If for some reason you haven’t already started listening to “Summer Road” below, stop wasting time and do so.