Boomkat Product Review:
Laughing Boy is the second album from Matteah Baim, once known for her collaborations with a host of artists lumped in with the dreaded freak-folk tag including Devendra Banhart, CocoRosie (she formed the band Metallic Falcons with Sierra Casady a few years back) and Jana Hunter. Baim escapes the folk associations by delivering a strange and textured album that although still roots itself in hippiedom manages to bring a good deal more to the table. 'Birthdays' is a particularly resolute success, situating itself somewhere between the entry-level psych of Espers (complete with strings and heavily modulated electric guitar) and Nico's Chelsea Girl. The album only tarnishes itself slightly with one or two missteps - for example, how many of us really need a thirty-second interlude track that involves nothing more than the shaking of a tambourine? There are several 'intermission' type pieces on the playlist, ranging from this oddity to a wholly more essential accappella interpretation of Jim Morrison's 'Bird Of Prey'.