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on 18 June 2012
Electric Guest are a Los Angeles-based band consisting of Asa Taccone, Matthew Compton, and the brothers Todd and Tory Dahlhoff - importantly, this album is produced by Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton) who has worked with some true greats and incidentally has already produced some of my favourite albums (The Grey Album, Brothers). This is their first album and has garnered them a spot on MTV's Artist-to-Watch list.
The Album kicks off with the synthy-reggae inspired 'Holes' which is a good track, but fails to hint at what is coming. 'This Head I Hold' is an extremely-upbeat, piano-riffed, neo-soul classic with Taccone providing some androgynous soul vocals that you will struggle to get out of your head all day long - this is the first single. This song always makes me smile and it's near-impossible not to move to it when listening!! It's not all sweetness though, the album drifts through some bluer points, 'Amber' is an ethereal tune, sounding more like a lament than a tribute all the while mixing ghostly guitars with some fading in and out synth-melodies.
The epic, near-nine-minute 'Troubleman' changes tempo and emphasis throughout it's sinuous course, but has become something of an instant favourite with it's blues styling and Hotel-California-style sadness. The second single American Daydream is good, but no-where near as good as the final track Control, which has dub-stylings and an extremely funky guitar accompaniment.
Taccome's voice is incredibly versatile lending itself to the soul-stylings and rockier tracks equally well. It's worth noting that this is the brother of one of the member of The Lonely Island and this might explain the slightly random music videos the guys have on Youtube at the moment. But please don't let this detract from the music as Electric Guest truly are a force in their own right.
So all in all, a bit of a pastiche of various styles - there is soul, funk, synth, dub and even a bit of reggae ton all thrown into this electric melting pot. But it's execution is simply fantastic meaning that I haven't be able to stop listening to it since I bought it. Highly recommended for a refreshingly different listen.