LISTEN: Solange Guitarist Starchild Announces Debut LP, Gets Funky on “Slammin’ Mannequin”

Bryndon Cook steps into the spotlight with Crucial on March 18.

Bryndon Cook made his name as the touring guitarist for Solange, Chairlift, and Kindness, but now he’s stepping out on his own with his first solo album. Recorded under the name StarchildCrucial is being released by electronic label Ghostly on March 18.

Lead single “Slammin’ Mannequin,” which you can hear below, is a fine blend of warm keys that sound as though they’ve been loosed from a ’90s R&B record, glitchy percussion, and a ripping solo worthy of Prince—who, along with Sade, is a major influence on Crucial. Taking a cue from the prodigious Purple One, Cook played and recorded every single sound on the album. You can check out the fruit of those labors below.

Crucial track list

“All My Lovers”
“Slammin’ Mannequin”
“Relax”
“Love Interlude”
“Stacy” (Digital Bonus)
“Woman’s Dress” (Digital Bonus)
“New Romantic”
“Crucial”

Newsletter

We won’t spam you. Promise.