Adam Protextor (who happens to co-host our podcast The Hot Conversation) has been quietly working on his most ambitious album ever in collaboration with Brother Bear (aka Mother Falcon’s Grammy-award winning guitarist and composer Matt Puckett). The album is called American Neon and to get the epicness of its scope across properly, Protextor commissioned artist Matt Furie (who you might know as the guy who created Pepe and is currently trying to reclaim the poor frog from the forces of evil) to do the cover, which we’re premiering here for you. You can also check out an interactive version of the art Protextor set up on Instagram here.
While most Austin listeners are likely familiar with Protextor as a highly technical emcee and co-founder of Austin Mic Exchange and Weird City, this project seeks to bridge the love he and Puckett have for pop, whether it’s along the lines of Tame Impala or legends like Prince. To that end, the two recruited a backing band comprised of members of such Austin heavyweights as Shearwater, This Will Destroy You, Balmorhea and Marmalakes. They also roped in some impressive guests, including hot shit Chicago rapper CupcakKe and Austin R&B siren Mélat. You can check out the first single “Not Tonight” on Spotify now and catch Protextor tomorrow August 12th with his other group Space Camp Death Squad opening for B L A C K I E at Barracuda. And you can take a peek at the full track list for American Neon below: