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Boomkat Product Review:
LA's Swahili Blonde supergroup embrace all manner of exotic and No Wave sounds on their highly endearing sophomore LP. 'Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink' is their lush followup to last years scratchier debut 'Man Meat' and notably features the likes of RHCP's John Frusciante and Fool's Gold's Brad Caulkins on guest duties accenting the mellow but psychedelic melee of ideas and styles helmed by Nicole Turley, formerly of dub punks WEAVE! Inside, convention is cast aside in favour of a playfully syncretic approach, patching disparate sounds and genres against each other to see what sticks and what doesn't, and then coating the good bits in viscous layers of dub to hold it all together like some rickety bricolage. At the top there's the fusioneering folk-dub charmer 'Etoile De Mer' featuring dual backing vocals from Arianna Basco and Heather Cvar set to light-headed violins, lop-sided sax and swirly dub bass - imagine LA Vampires meets The Raincoats in trippy HD and you're close by. At the album's apex you'll encounter their cover of A-Ha's 'Scoundrel Days', an odd deconstruction of melancholy Swedish pop filtered thru a freak folk lens and dubbed-out for measure, and then there's the artfully jerky Krautrock dub of 'Purple Ink' and the strange resolution of 'The Golden Chorale' - like a more flush, progressive Peaking Lights - to close. It's one of the oddest albums we've heard from LA in recent times, and recommended to anyone tracing trippy parallels with the NNF lot.