Vender & the Cobras’ The Lion’s Boy is an alchemy of revelry, regret, scandal, and sentimentality—its brilliance lying in the improbability of its elements. The man behind the moniker is Matt Beard and the man behind Matt Beard is Patrick Budde. The pair recorded The Lion’s Boy from start to finish while living under the same roof and their cohesion unifies the album’s sound, while the push-pull of their dynamic keeps every song surprising. Where Beard is a purist with acoustic sensibilities, Budde is a pied piper inclined towards pop production. By combining forces, they’ve created an album with enough cheekiness to offset its sincerity and enough restraint to justify the occasional indulgence.
Though The Lion's Boy is undeniably, even harrowingly, personal, it retains the invitational quality of the campfire. Indie-folk fans, mystics, purists, pied pipers, deadbeat suckers, homewreckers, and wandering ghosts of all kinds are sure to find a home on this album, and they ought to listen sooner rather than later. To borrow a last line from the last line of The Lion’s Boy:
[You] don’t wanna miss another chance at love.
released October 8, 2018
Performed by Matt Beard, Patrick Budde & Gaby FeBland
Mixed and Engineered by Patrick Budde
Mastered by Norman Marston
Co-Produced by Patrick Budde & Matt Beard