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To hear the acclaimed Los Angeles singer, guitarist and songwriter Imaad Wasif lay it out, when in 2020 he and producer-musician Bobb Bruno (Best Coast) started working on Wasif’s new album, So Long Mr. Fear, they did so with the determined ferocity of a drill rig boring into a mountainside. The result is a sublimely intimate record that blends Wasif’s essence as an artist with sophisticated, timeless arrangements and his characterically masterful playing – all of which combine to resonate as if the project were recorded in a velveteen cave. Within, listeners will find the most accomplished album, his sixth as a solo artist, from someone who has played on a cavalcade of essential recordings. During Wasif’s life as a musician he’s been with bands including early slo-core noise rock duo lowercase (whose records for Amphetamine Reptile are ripe for rediscovery); psychedelic folk group alaska!; and Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr. member Lou Barlow’s project the Folk Implosion. Those not familiar with his riffs and solos for Electric Flower Group, Grim Tower and ACID might recognize his electrifying work as a touring member of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 

Like songwriting experts such as Lee Hazelwood, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave, on So Long Mr. Fear, Wasif, longtime collaborator Bruno, and mixer Lewis Pesacov unearth big ideas by carving away at smaller things until they glisten with universality. Put more concisely, these songs are fucking deep and beautiful, and underscore a wildly evocative new chapter in Wasif’s restless, celebrated creative life.

Genre: Alternative / Indie Rock / Singer/Songwriter / Freak Folk

RIYL: Sparklehorse, George Harrison, Grandaddy, Meat Puppets, Leonard Cohen





Mr. Fear So Long (Money Mark Rework)
Mr. Fear So Long (Money Mark Rework) Instrumental Mix
So Long Mr. Fear (Album Version)

Mr. Fear, So Long (Money Mark Rework):
Money Mark - Producer, Piano, Strings, Synths, Bass, Beat
Miles Senzaki - Engineer
Imaad Wasif - Vocals, Acoustic Gtr, Lead Gtr
Matty Green - Mix at Studio 55
Will Borza - Mastering

So Long Mr. Fear (Original):
Produced by Bobb Bruno and Imaad Wasif
Mixed By Lewis Pesacov

Mastered by Mark Chalecki at Little Red Book
Bobb Bruno - Ocean, Synths, Beats, Marimba
Imaad Wasif - Piano Keys, Guitar

“In the studio, it was like watching Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein,” says IMAAD WASIF about the brilliant reworking of “So Long, Mr. Fear” that celebrated producer and artist MONEY MARK presented him with. Comparing the track to the classic 1974 Mel Brooks film isn’t so farfetched, as the new interpretation that he stitched together doesn’t render it so much as a “remix” per se as much as a whole new beautiful beast. “Mark just hooked pure electricity into ‘… Mr. Fear’ and re-animated the song in a totally new way, some kind of alien funk with its dark vision intact. It’s danceable as fuck."

"Mr. Fear, So Long (Money Mark Rework)" (which inverts the original title, reinforcing that it’s a new creature altogether) enhances the reflective and contemplative original and transforms it into a rhythmic banger, upping the beats and instrumentation, further highlighting Wasif’s already solid songwriting. “Money Mark is touched with a mad genius so when he told me he was into the song and wanted to do a remix, I had no idea what he’d do,” he beams. “He nailed it. All the touchstones are there.” 

“Reworking this gem of a song from Imaad was a complete pleasure,” adds Mark, a longtime Beastie Boy writer, producer, composer, inventor and Grammy nominee. Having re-imagined songs by Linkin Park ("Until It Breaks"), Tom Tom Club ("Genius Of Love"), Jack Johnson ("Upside Down") and appeared on songs from Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Weezer, De La Soul, Danger Doom, Red Hot Chili Peppers to Keb Mo, Marisa Monte, David Byrne, William Onyeabor, Atarashii Gakko!, Molotov and many other international musical acts, his re-working of Wasif’s “So Long Mr. Fear” adds dark Bowie-esque shades to an already epic song from topped with cinematic Casio Vocaloid group harmonies.  "‘Mr. Fear’ grows from a kitchen table houseplant to a thick mutating vine ready to swallow the Hollywood hills best experienced with your favorite studio grade headphone," Mark adds. "Imaad emerges victorious with his tight and clean vocal performance as he walks a tightrope over a deep treacherous valley. You’ll need multiple listenings to catch it all."

The title track from his 2022 album on Sonic Ritual, the original version of “So Long, Mr. Fear” is a transcendental track that Wasif embraces its moldability. “This is one of those songs that I feel so fortunate to have written,” he says. “It’s got infinite lives, I think.”

The original version of the track, as well as the album from whence it came, was recorded during the COVID Lockdown in conjunction with producer and long-time collaborator Bobb Bruno of Best Coast. Like songwriting experts such as Lee Hazelwood, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave, on So Long Mr. Fear, Wasif, collaborator Bruno, and mixer GRAMMY®-nominated Lewis Pesacov(Best Coast, Nikki Lane, FIDLAR, Local Natives) unearth big ideas by carving away at smaller things until they glisten with universality.  “I’m hoping that [‘Mr. Fear, So Long’] gets the message of the song across to more people, a light of some kind to be felt or a minor reclamation of strength after the pandemic took it from us, a recognition of how fucked that all was.”






Come Around

I Am Free


Poet Of The Damned

Painted On

Place In The Dark


So Long Mr. Fear

Jealous Kind

all songs written by imaad wasif (bmi)

produced and recorded by bobb bruno and imaad wasif, los angeles 2021
mixed by lewis pesacov at ahata sound
mastered by mark chalecki at little red book 

lacquers cut by dave gardner at infrasonic mastering
punk rock warlord - jed weitzman
cover photo by sharon lockhart and alex slade 

album design by mathias poledna
a+r by toddrick spalding

bobb bru
no - bass, guitar, drums, percussion, synths

greg burns - pedal steel on ‘fader’
evan haros - sitar on ‘elemental' and ‘regeneration'

karen o - backing vocals on ‘poet of the damned’
imaad wasif - voice, guitar, piano, nosferatu organ, 

jen wood - backing vocals on ‘fader’

Imaad Wasif returns with his sixth and most accomplished album to date. Produced with Bobb Bruno (Best Coast) and featuring appearances by Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Jen Wood (The Postal Service, Tattle Tale), So Long Mr. Fear is a sublimely intimate and rewarding listen. Whether it’s the Eastern mysticism of album opener “Elemental,” the harmonic majesty and soaring catharsis of the single “Fader,” or the dark americana of “Poet of the Damned,” Wasif and company mesmerize with a perfect blend of artistry, timeless arrangements, masterful musicianship and pure songcraft. This is an album to get lost in.

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