Boomkat Product Review:
Coconuts, eh? Well these guys are sure to be a likely bunch of tropical funsters... Ah. Perhaps not. No Quarter go on the hard sell with the disc, suggesting "words that come to mind while listening to Coconuts' debut album include 'ugliness', 'despair' and un-marketability'." While thats a slightly harsh assessment of this band's sound, the likes of 'When She Smiles' hardly constitute feel-good anthems, though the aforementioned track is the closest thing to a three-minute pop song on the album. This three-piece take slow, plodding gothic atmospherics and merge them with a kind of hazy, Phil Spector-ish essence, sounding a little bit like The Horrors' 'I Only Think Of You' in its ghoulish approximation of '60s girl group formulae. When you find out that two of the three band members are Australian it becomes fairly difficult to suppress Birthday Party parallels, although these guys are considerably more deeply entrenched in creepy slow tempos, haunted house echo and methodically plodding minimalism than Nick Cave and co. This debut proves a tough nut (what?) to crack but perseverance reaps a Bounty (seriously, what's the problem?) of rewards.