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I shoved this brightly coloured CD on the player and within about 30 seconds the bright summer Afro-grooves caused me to remark, “sounds like Paul Simon”, just as Kim started saying “sounds like Paul Simon”, so I think it’s fair to say that this breezy bit of Afro-inflected indie pop bears a certain resemblance to the Simester.
It’s quite a bit weirder than that really though, and within a song or two there’s some staccato guitar and hushed vocal harmonies which bring the tone palette more into Pinback-meets-Vampire Weekend kind of territory, which sounds great. Another thing it’s making me think of is a really chilled out and slightly dubby take on Zun Zun Egui’s energetic world-indie styles. Meanwhile ‘Singing’’s slightly nasal vocals, tinkly xylophones and super chill summer beats are making me think of Why?.
Despite those references being a little all over the place, this never sounds like a grab bag of esoteric sounds and these guys definitely have a fully formed aesthetic all of their own. I can imagine myself catching them on some outdoor stage in late afternoon on a hot summer day and getting totally blissed off the mega-charming vibes radiated by these dudes.
There’s remixes of all five songs taking up the rest of the CD and they all take things into more drifty housey territory to good effect, with my highlight being the slinky bongo madness of the Larry Gus mix of ‘Gino’. They’re all decent mixes really, and certainly worthy of inclusion, but it’s the original cuts here that I’m more into today.
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