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Boomkat Product Review:
Pop is back with a vengeance with this new bid for world domination from the ever-interesting Temporary Residence imprint, and with the combined talents of Kenseth Thibideau (Tarentel, Pinback, Sleeping People) and Zac Nelson (Who's Your Favourite Son God) the label send forth their most commercial outing to date. It's sunny stuff, and with the kind of good-time vibe you'd more readily associate with Brian Wilson and his band of merry men it's almost guaranteed to put a grin on yer face. Multi-instrumentalist and general smart cookie Thibideau rocks out on the guitars and synthesizers like a demented many-fingered math-rock fanboy and Nelson's pre-rubbish Peter Gabriel-style vocals give the tracks the grounding they need to take them from art-wank into successful pop. Take opening track 'Easy Magic' for instance, with its 'Woah woah woah woah, woooaaahhooow/Do do do do do doooo' opening line set against delicately strummed guitars and overdriven Rhodes and you know you're in for something special. Thibideau's pedigree as a Tarentel player gives him the grounding he needs to be clever without ever losing sight of the fact that he's writing short, sharp pop songs and Nelson's vocals compliment this so well it's hard to believe this is their first album together. With light electronic flourishes throughout and tracks like 'Blue Jay' which sound light-hearted enough to appear on an episode of Flight of the Conchords you get the feeling that the duo don't really care about how well they fit in, rather they're perfectly happy to make music for enjoyment purposes, pure and simple - and I'm sold. A gorgeous record that manages to capture your heart and not let go until the very end - recommended.