This new LP from Australian ditty-spinner Montero was recorded with Tame Impala’s Jay Watson and Riccardo Damian, a man who has worked on records for Drake and Sampha. As one might expect from that cast list, Performer fronts cut after cut of expensive-sounding, vaguely psychedelic soft-rock. Tracks like ‘Vibrations’ sound like a lost collaboration between Burt Bacharach and Ariel Pink. Lush.
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Modern day stats. Montero head Ben Montero's Facebook page has more than 70,000 fans. This is good news. I can't imagine that he sells anywhere near 70,000 records - probably more like 70 but that's the lay of the land for today's troubadour. Again, how would Syd Barrett have coped?
Described as something like a cross between Burt Bacharach and Ariel Pink, Montero makes a quite lovely sort of psych balladry with nods towards Tame Impala and Mercury Rev particularly on 'Aloha' which drags itself along the ground like a dog not wanting to go for a walk but unlike most dogs accompanies it with a lovely skyscraping melody. He has a thin, barely memorable voice which doesn't do him too many favours especially when the melodies fail but more than not he plucks something out of thin air. 'Running Race' is not dissimilar to Mac De Marco when he messes around with synths and its verse is as good as predecessor 'Caught Up In My Own World''s is poor but the latter wins on chorus stakes. Stitch the two together and you have the best song ever made.
Often it reminds me of Sleepy Jackson or Empire of the Sun and like both bands there are moments that pass you by but then there are some really inspired moments. You should hear 'Vibrations- it's like mid 70's John Lennon collaborating with Grandaddy with Jeff Lynne on production duties with Peter Frampton on mouth guitar solo. If that sends you scurrying for the hills then please leave well alone.... but for the rest of you please tuck in.
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