RIYL: Dirty Beaches, Lux Interior, Santo & Johnny

Label: Numero Group

According to his lovers, acquaintances and accountants, Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist Charlie Megira was “both familiar and entirely alien at once”, a lofi bedroom studio master and nonnative artifact of his particular place in time. Megira sang in both Hebrew and English, overlaying a frothy bed of ’50s cult rock and roll and misty surf sonnets. Imagine Santo & Johnny’s Sleepwalk, but lonelier. His debut record Da Abtomatic Miesterzinger Mambo Chic was released in 2000 and promptly swallowed whole by Vertical Horizon, Macy Gray and Eiffel 65, but thanks to the continued efforts of Numero Group, has been unearthed once more. Fans of Dirty Beaches and every lost surf single from the early 60s will love this one with every fiber of their being.

Numero Group has a tri-color variant of the record after the ‘buy’ link. I wouldn’t sleep long on this. OG Megira vinyl has gotten tougher and tougher to find. Even some of his reissues cost beaucoup greenbacks on the secondary market. Listen to the entire album below on Spotify.

The Details

On his 2000 debut, Da Abtomatic Meisterzinger Mambo Chic, Megira channels the optimism of post-war America, narcoleptic surf, and the Twin Peaks soundtrack into a lo-fi masterpiece all his own. Sung in both Hebrew and English, Mambo Chic moves at a deliberate pace, unconcerned by the traffic of the modern world and wrapped in a blanket of Tascam 4-track hiss. On “Tomorrow’s Gone” Megira achieves the feat of being so far back in time that he’s somehow living in the future and waiting for the rest of us to arrive.

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Price $29

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