California singer-songwriter William Cleere,seeing nobody else at the helm of the piano-rock yacht, has donned the captain's hat and assumes the madman's mantle on his first single, "Labor Day" (released Tuesday on Mystery Lawn Music). Steering the craft into the territory of the aforementioned pioneers, we also hear echoes of Warren Zevon's playful ivory syncopations. Cleere draws on these influences and succeeds at painting an evocative picture of pre-autumnal reluctance and end-of-relationship bravado. He does so with the vocal and ukulele assistance of Karla Kane. She of the Corner Laughers (courtesy of John Wesley Harding's Popover Corps label), provides a lilting alto counterpart to Cleere's larger-than-life, Americana-tinged vocals.