Tin Pan Alley for the 21st Century
"The Novelist" sounds like a dream you'd have after reading "Ragtime" while listening to Harry Nilsson. Its lo-fi production adds to the lost classic Americana sound. Clear influence of Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, and Beatles, and similar to Department of Eagles and Jon Brion. Highly recommended. Walking Without Effort is great too, but cleaner and mellower.