How can you go wrong with an album whose cover features a man holding a sign
that says "Will play to food"?
Marshmallow Coasting, the latest offering from the beautifully demented musical mind of Andy
Gonzales, features the rest of Of Montreal as his backing band. The
addition of this permanent musical backbone allows Gonzales to
finally bring his skewed pop vision to proper life.
While Marshmallow Coast's previous albums were both fine efforts,
they lacked cohesive musical flow, sounding more like a collection of unrelated songs than
an album proper. That has changed with Marshmallow Coasting. Its
16-song cycle is as complete a pop album as you could want, full of lilting melodies, delicate instrumentation and Andyís twisted lyrical view of American life. Gonzales and his Of
Montreal cohorts paint a series of miniature rural mosaics, employing elements of country, bluegrass, bubble-gum pop and new-wave to color their canvas. Songs like "Siddartha" and "There Will
Come a Time" exude a laid-back country charm, while "Bizarre Classical V"
and "Bizarre Classical VI" add touches of Victorian elegance and
Vaudevillian weirdness to the proceedings. Other songs, like
"Oblong Destiny" and "Lilí Fun Machine," are fun-filled romps through a
sun-drenched musical wilderness.
Marshmallow Coasting proves itself to be a solid (if eccentric) pop record, and one
which showcases the ever-improving songwriting of Andy Gonzales. If nothing
else, it should be enough to keep E6 fanatics going until the new
Elf Power and Of Montreal albums are released.