Christian Cassan (Julia Brown)

Bey who?

To my ears, this indie slab suitably titled Jubilant Newborn Alien Haze (2001) should have made Julia Brown a household name – and it still sounds fresh nineteen or so years after the fact. Multi-instrumentalist producer Christian Cassan helms the bass chair -save for “Eternity” by Alfredo Buonanno on fretless.

Cassan grooves mightily in the pocket while rendering motifs that also function as countermelodies for Ms. Brown’s riveting pop-folk-soul song-cycle as evidenced in choice tracks “Just Like That,” “Victims and Villains,” “Afterglow,” and “Miles from Home.”

Dig “Victims and Villians”