Monday, 22 June 2009

Marshmallow Coast – Phreak Phantasy

Phreak Phantasy is the work of ex-Of Montreal man Andy Gonzales. Nasty Dream is a springy, sproingy little funked up piece of dream pop that noodles along pleasantly until some crazy funk guitar soloing at the end. Millionaire is a brief excursion into chilled dream mood, while Hanging On A Cloud is very eighties, burbling synths making it sound like a nippy China Crisis. Please Don’t is nimble and disco expressive, with that early eighties tilt. It squirms and slivers around the dancefloor. After the interlude of Electro March, we’re back to business as usual with Scathom. Sara’s Song slows things down a little, a chilled out groove, its electro glide with added squelches and a lovelorn lyric. Lonely Days is self satisfied bouncy Phoenix style pop, but the trick is proving a little tiresome by now. The title track takes a little of the Thriller rhythm, song nifty popping keyboards and some weird noises and samples thrown into the mix willy nilly, only making way for the sparse lyrics. It’s a suitably odd ending to a weird yet wonderful album.

Phreak Phantasy is out now on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records
Marshmallow Coast myspace is here

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