Boomkat Product Review:
If there’s one genre I never thought would come back into fashion it’s soft rock. I spent much of my childhood humming along to the stuff thanks to my mother’s love for Steely Dan, but my hidden passion was always a dirty black mark on my otherwise unblemished musical past. Thanks to the popularity of web hipster’s favourite online show ‘Yacht Rock’, however, I can sing it out proud. I wasn’t the only one harbouring a dark secret either, as Kirk Degiorgio and Simon Jinadu set out to make an album of Steely Dan-influenced AOR for UK label Peacefrog, and this is the result. Even Steely Dan themselves are back in the news, apparently cross with Owen Wilson for stealing a character from their song ‘Cousin Dupree’ in his new movie ‘You, Me and Dupree’ (not very thinly veiled that one then huh?) so what better time for this album to slink out, pity the summer’s gone and we can’t take the boat out though isn’t it? Tracks like ‘Burn My Bridges’ and ‘The Moment’ represent the genre perfectly, utilizing that blue-eyed-soul cheese to create something to set coffee tables alight the country over, but occasionally the record does veer dangerously close to Zero 7/Morcheeba territory. Not for everyone, then, but if you like to snort class A’s by the bowl this is the perfect soundtrack to your heady afternoons in Monaco.