Renny Wilson: “By and By”
It’s pretty great when reclusive freak-songwriters have a special predilection for depressive lyricism and bitter self-destructiveness. Whether consciously or not, Sugarglider opens himself up to scrutiny, ditching his previous moniker in favor of the name given to him at birth; we might interpret this as the beginning of a mature stage of artistry, a sign of development, and the rise of self-awareness. That’s probably why Wilson gives us a meta-commentary to “By and By,” the first single from his soon-to-be-released debut album, in the form of a provisional movie plot: Hall & Oates star as the leads, fighting for the affection of Donna Summer (on a cruise!), who’s all the while conspiring with Paul McCartney to sink the whole ship. And while the song still reminds me most of Toro Y Moi’s music, I must admit that the refreshing bass lines and marvelous brass section make his auto-interpretation quite valid. If we try hard enough, we might even find some wistful melancholia beneath the surface, too. You’ll have to look for it yourself though, analyze the video, and imagine the youth of Vangelis – I really don’t have a clue what the future holds for Renny Wilson.
By Karolina Miszczak
(Originally published at Porcys.com in May 2012; translated by Patryk Mrozek with editing by Emily Pudalov)