A native of Te Awanga, New Zealand, he’s been turning heads since he first released his debut, Please Turn Me Into The Snat and his 2011 follow-up single, Forever Dolphin Love. They were both whimsical, psychedelic rides through his drowsy, dreamy and ultimately seductive musical vision, and gained kudos from Aussie dancefloor-pop tastemakers Cut Copy. This year’s Caramel, however, upped the ante – in the romance department that is – see “It’s Your Body: Parts 1–5” that make up nearly the entirety of the album, not to mention album closer, and, erm, climax,”I Wanna Roll With You.” Now on an American label, the buzzy Mexican Summer, we all have the great fortune to see him play live.
His band, now a finely–tuned machine, appear to be telepathic as they respond to Mockasin’s eccentric, and very of-the-moment orchestrations – be it a hand motion or a sidelong glance. They’re ready to out-slink the outright slinkiness of this recorded work, and the result is a live experience that is nothing short of revelatory.