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What's that you say? Your holidays are in need of more Elephant 6 cheer?
Well, fret no more, my friends, for Santa has arrived with a sack full of
delicious pop gems (but, sadly, no marzipan). The Marshmallow Coast is
basically one man's vision. That man is Andy Gonzales, a part-time member
of both The Music Tapes and Of Montreal, which by association gives the
album its Elephant 6 cheer. On Seniors and Juniors Gonzales weaves a gentle
tapestry of incandescent melody and sweeping emotion. Upon first listen the
album comes off as rather childlike, but subsequent airings allow a fragile
beauty and tattered whimsicality to shine through. The opening track, "Off to School,"
carries a piano line that I swear sounds like the theme from Jacques
Cousteau's underwater exploration specials, while at the opposite end of the
album, "Home from School" offers a countrified instrumental with a bouncy rhythm
and plucky keyboard swirls. And I must mention the fact that the title
track's catchy-as-hell chorus sounds exactly like the song the Whoos are
singing while holding hands around their departed Christmas tree in The
Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It even includes the same tinkling xylophone
accompaniment! Throughout its 13 song sprawl, Seniors and Juniors takes in
elements of country, pop, jazz and folk, effortlessly blending them into its own unique sound. Stoke the fire, get some milk and
cookies, pop in Seniors and Juniors and wait for the big guy to come blasting
down your chimney.
|The Marshmallow Coast|
Seniors and Juniors
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