Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger Knows You Well: Chris Merritt

The great Fountains Of Wayne just issued their fifth album in a career that dates back 15 years. Sky Full Of Holes (Yep Roc) was recorded by the band—vocalist/guitarist Chris Collingwood, multi-instrumentalist Adam Schlesinger, guitarist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young—in New York City at the studio Schlesinger co-owns, and it may be the quartet’s best effort to date. Fountains Of Wayne is currently on tour, but Collingwood and Schlesinger will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with the dynamic duo.

Schlesinger: I just recently discovered this guy through my friend David Mead. He’s an accomplished pianist and got a great voice, but mainly he’s a fantastic pop songwriter who’s already developed a style that’s completely his own. His melodies do clever, unexpected things, but they’re somehow always easy to follow, the way Brian Wilson’s were. And his lyrics are smart and sometimes funny but never cloying.

Video after the jump.

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