Groovy instrumental synthpop weirdos Cantaloupe deliver their debut ten track album Zoetrope. The Nottingham new-schoolers clearly have no time for trends and an abundance of time for rocking the rock out of their synths. Fun for all the family. Out on vinyl LP from Hello Thor Records. Limited to 500.
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This lot fucking love synths. But not in the deep, chin-stroky way that we see the most these days, in the ‘I’m really happy and I’m going to let you and all your friends know’ kind of way. Zoetrope is a middle finger to doomsayers everywhere, for better or worse.
Featuring a maximal use of synth and an unashamedly poppy swagger, Nottingham’s Cantaloupe are a band that just like to have fun. More fun than fun? Possibly. They’re like an exuberant, less moody Vessels at a party with Galaxians in the '80s or so.
The thing is, I’ve just got to the titular number at position 4, and it’s only just got enjoyable. There’s a level of extraversion that tends to grate if you’re in any situation other than a friend’s lottery winning celebration. So almost all of the time. Having this much right at the beginning of the album is one thing, but putting something like ‘Indigo’ on this LP is a self mockery. Corny, corny vocals. Sorry, I just can’t enjoy prettyboy pop. Tracks 4+5 get back into relatively neutral territory, a land where you don’t have to scream “just look at how funky we are, can you handle this much funk??” Some interesting harmonies abound here, which when combined with lush synths spark some drooling.
It’s a very good trait that the album doesn’t contain one single feel throughout, otherwise it would be a little overbearing. I’m in the ‘Clam City’ camp myself, more minor epic slow things than upbeat '80s chase music (‘0891 50 50 50’) but if you love that fun shit, you’re in for a treat.
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