Album Review: "The Story of Hugo" by Jawny (8/10)

Label: Jawny Publishing, Sony ATV

Producers: Jawny, Various

Jawny, fka Johnny Utah, is back with a new EP and a new persona, channeling the character Hugo, the “heartbroken fuck-up-of-the-century.” This four-track, two-interlude project is concise, but encompasses a full narrative of love, loss, regret and self-sabotage. “Best Thing” is an earworm. Fun, retro and futuristic, oozing with chill vibes. The music blends bedroom pop, funk and indie rock with a lo-fi treatment. Second single, “Take it Back,” is noisy in the best ways. Melodic fuzz-guitar galore! If you’re missing the heyday of alt-rock (Beck, White Stripes), give Hugo a listen.