Cody ChesnuTT: “The Headphone Masterpiece”


Staring smugly off the cover of his debut double album, “The Headphone Masterpiece,” DIY-soul upstart Cody ChesnuTT looks more than a little full of himself. High-fives from both critics and bands like The Roots and The Strokes could be to blame, but ChesnuTT’s condition is probably more a case of delayed gratification than a swollen ego. After his band, Crosswalk, dumped him when record contracts fell through, the Atlanta native took refuge in a bedroom studio he dubbed “the sonic promiseland.” He emerged years later, with this lo-fi odyssey through R&B, hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll.

Like most street poets with a screw loose, ChesnuTT’s prose is prolific and puerile. With an average track time hovering under two minutes, he is able to breakdance, cry on your shoulder and hump your leg all in the time it would take him to squeeze into those tight leather pants he fancies.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

Cody ChestnuTT's "The Headphone Masterpiece" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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