New Jersey duo build a creepy, sleazy character on debut Donovan Blanc LP
Donovan Blanc is a wannabe heart-throb who spends Friday evenings looking for ladies to photograph naked in his flat. At least that’s how New Jersey musicians Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab, formerly known as Honeydrum, describe the character they invented for their new project. When they sing “Donna, come on baby, I know you wanna do it/So let’s just do it,” on the Ariel Pink-like ‘Oh Donna’, it sounds creepy. But pretty highlights ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘Veronica’ show that Donovan’s more than just a hopeless sleazeball. With soft melodies and loose guitars that recall Felt, the two-piece create an irresistible sense of longing that’s more disarming than Donovan’s smoothest pants-off line.