This was a UK import for the last year and it`s now out in the US and it`s a
bonafide jangle pop fest! A mix of The La`s, Olivia Tremor Control, Super
Furry Animals, Magic Numbers and Teenage Fanclub. But some songs are
completely backwards, sounding like classic Byrds, Youngbloods and Loving
Spoonful tracks! "Released on Super Furry Animals` on-off label Placid
Casual, these 13 tracks of sunshine pop find El Goodo laying their
influences firmly on the line, with mixed results. The best moments are when
they find a voice of their own, as on the harmony-laden If I Were A Song,
the stoner rocking Silly Thoughts and the irrepressibly bouncy Chalking The
Lines. But the song Stuck In The Sixties doesn`t lie. While there`s
promising talent evident in the writing and arrangements, it`s too often
buried in a slavish pastiche of Brian Wilson, The Byrds and the Jesus And
Mary Chain. In many ways, El Goodo wear their hearts on their sleeves, their
influences are many and their knack for melodies impressive. Taking cues
from places as diverse at the Elephant 6 collective to the fuzzed up tones
of Scotland`s C86 post-punk bands, the mysterious and enigmatic members of
El Goodo make a wonderful racket.
It`s that kind of record shiny and diverse with a hint of front
rooms and vibrant garages. El Goodo are one of life`s wonderful anomalies. "
El Goodo takes a page from the neo-psychedelia of the Elephant 6 collective,
embellishing classic pop tunes with samples, banjos, and quirky percussion.
The album opens with "Life Station," a song that builds slowly, layering
fuzzy feedback with Hammond organ and hand claps. It`s followed by `60s
throwback "Surreal Morning," which teems with peppy guitars and vocal
harmonies"-Spin.com. We`re not sure how many other enchantingly gifted
pop music sorcerers there are in Neath Valley, deepest Wales, but we bet
it`s not many. Let`s treasure them like the strange exotic creatures they
are. Very Highly Recommended!
Life Station - mp3
If I Were A Song - mp3
Honey - mp3
What Went Wrong - mp3