Not Now is the second record from Brooklyn’s Regal Degal, produced with Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. Regal Degal operate firmly within the non-temporal realm of popular culture, where sonic elements from any and all eras are fair game, so that Not Now is hard to pin to any now or any then. On Terrible Records.
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We’re back to a kind of delightfully tuneful take on ‘80’s pop on the catchy treat of ‘Delicious’ - the swirling dreamy opener on this second Grizzly Bear man -produced album by Brooklyn outfit Regal Degal. It’s fun - it sound something like Captain Sensible as produced by China Crisis. Strangely and disconcertingly the James-like second track ‘Ruining My Life’ also opens with the word ‘delicious’. ‘Wide Awake’ features Simple Minds/M83 like stadium atmospherics.
They are obviously another band in love with the ‘80’s but shoot this obsession through with shoe-gaze style guitars and Lush-like atmospherics. Guitars are heavily treated and drums are as synthetic as it’s possible to get but on first listen it just sounds like somebody’s record collection melted down and re-made with added Brooklyn craft beer cool without the kind of songs you need to convince the public at large that it’s worth investigating in. ‘Defense’ is a case in point with pulsating drums, interesting guitar effects, slightly wired bass line but when you expect a chorus to kick in nothing happens.
Grizzly Bear have taken this lot on tour so there must be something at work here. There's the occasional chorus here and there which catch the ear and the guitars are nice and chewy but overall you suspect that without the clever production you’d be left with very little. In fact eight songs in, I'm still humming the opening track.
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