CD REVIEW – Tolliver – Call me a Freak

Chicago bred, LA-based Tolliver is the shimmering sequin-loving son of a cowboy-obsessed pastor and a gospel choir singer. Tolliver witnessed his father’s death when he was 11 years old and his life shifted. Cue a lifestyle as a broke, gay, super-hot musician, Tolliver ultimately reconnecting with his brother and now comes the Daddyland EP as a letter to his father, to their relationship and to the self Tolliver has grown to be. Recorded at a home studio in Glendale CA with the help of producer Jake Bowman (Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Beatty, Burna Boy), Teddy Roxpin (drums and percussion) and Todd Simon (trumpet), Daddyland is a ‘vibrant, sassy, challenge to appreciate and love your imperfections’. Daddyland releases November 19th via SideOneDummy. This is a single from it.

Tolliver is a freak. Aren’t we all in one way or another? His latest single “Call Me a Freak” is one of those infectious, groovy songs. Tolliver takes us through a surreal nonsensical day dream, lyrically, and equally in the accompanying video. People may not get the lyrics, but we in the prog world know that’s not anything new. “There’s a bird in the bush / And a drunk man in my room / That’s not me / Call me a freak” or “So call your bestie / And probably a lawyer / Ain’t really much I can’t even do for you.” It’s all in his mind, and he lays it all out before us in an incessant Prince-like groove that may have an essence of Zappa buried somewhere.


  1. Call Me a Freak

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