El Goodo

El Goodo El Goodo (Empyrean Records; October 2006)

If the idea of a Mamas and Papas rip-off band singing lines like, “If I was a film, I’d be a documentary” makes you gag, prepare to be astonished. In the spirit of Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian’s newest work, El Goodo’s debut album pays tribute to musical innovators of the ‘60s, but with lyrics and drum-heavy melodies one could only expect from devotees of 20th century rock. The multi-instrumental fivesome, hailing from a small town in South Wales, prove that not every worthwhile band need spend its early years drinking cheap beer in Brooklyn to gain some recognition.

El Goodo album cover

Though the self-titled album kicks off with several upbeat sunshine pop throwbacks — altered by quirky drums that will surely have listeners tapping their toes a bit less embarrassingly than they would to The Byrds — the songs are delightfully eclectic, switching from Mexican horns to dark Velvet Underground-like ballads with mournful strings.

Music snobs beware: Buy this album now before it becomes so popular you have to pretend not to like it.

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