There's just something in the timbre of James Levy's voice—it's rich like red wine and heady with nonchalance. If his voice were a stance, Levy would be leaning. Having released their debut EP, Oceanside, on Cult Records, "Iron Seven" is NYC-based quartet Reputante's latest offering: a succinct pop song that blends classic city street cool and suave, string-laden romanticism.
You might recognize Levy (far left) and guitarist Jimmy (second from left). They make up Lolawolf, a collaboration with Zoë Kravitz (read our interview with Zoë here). They're here because, I guess, they've got songs to spare, and Lolawolf's musical bent is of an entirely different persuasion.
Truth be told, one wintry night a few months back I sat down with James for Noisey's This Modern Love column. Cigarettes were smoked, bottles were drunk, and what started off as a light chat about online dating turned into an intense couple hours of too-true tales of love and life. In part, this ability to be upfront and unflinchingly so is key to Reputante's appeal. (Listen to the Lou Reed-recalling "Neighbor" for further evidence.)
Keep your eyes peeled for Reputante's installment of This Modern Love and go see them on tour, but first listen to "Iron Seven" above.
Reputante Tour Dates
6.8 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
6.9 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
6.10 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
6.11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
6.14 - Rayleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
6.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.7-9 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival