Ever heard Mitchell Froom’s The Key Of Cool? While many know Froom for his diabolical productions (often with partner Tchad Blake) for the likes of Los Lobos, Richard Thompson, Crowded House, Peter Case and far too many others to name (not to mention his stint in the Los Lobos offshoot, The Latin Playboys), most have never even heard this solo album. Not even Atlantic Records, who heavily advertised his second LP, 1998’s Dopamine, as his first, debut release. Stylistically, it’s not what you might expect. Synth heavy and mostly instrumental, Froom’s jazzy electronica almost recalls a heavy-handed version of what Angelo Badalamenti would concoct with David Lynch for the Twin Peaks series over 6 years later. Not quite as cool, but a similar principle is at work. The three vocal selections are by author Jerry Stahl, of Permanent Midnight fame, who offers a detached obstinence to the proceedings (“Patio,” below). This is a vinyl rip, as it’s never been on CD (or online, as far as I’ve seen), so there’s some surface noise to deal with. Consider it the price of obscurity. Speaking of price… it’s hefty at Amazon. We’ve got some of Froom’s work with The Latin Playboys in the archives.
Thrill Factor (Cafe Flesh Theme) (1:51)
The Key Of Cool (3:39)
Zip Code (3:07)
We Don’t Dream (4:42)
Miami Priests (3:25)
“Fruto Prohibido” (3:11)
Blue Lips (2:58)
Face Down (3:11)
Jungle Of Cities (3:15)
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