Released: Aug 2010
The chess-playing, endurance-world-record-holding, piano-playing, mic-rocking polymath Gonzales outdoes himself on Ivory Tower, the soundtrack to a film he also wrote and directed. Co-produced by Boys Noize, the record mixes up chamber pop, tongue-in-cheek rap and sneaky dashes of synth and drum machine; its influences include both Steve Reich and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." The Canadian musician's expat status in Paris informs "I Am Europe," a send-up of North American attitudes towards Europe that's as funny and insightful as Peter Sellers' The Mouse That Roared.
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