“Coconut” by Archie Bronson Outfit – Album Review

A great album is one that you can play on repeat for a month on end with out getting the urge to toss it out the window. London trio, the Archie Bronson Outfit did just that with their forthcoming album “Coconut.” Set for release today, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, this will be their third album and in my opinion their best one yet. While Archie Bronson Outfit’s last album “Derdang Derdang” played more with the grimy blues rock stylings, “Coconut” is a tornado of all things psych guitars, bashing drums and unglued sounds that come off as a psychotic episode of instrumentation. “Coconut” is addictive and will incite the wild demon with in us all.

Their first single “Shark’s Tooth” takes you on an exotic adventure drenched in echoing trinkets of sound that ride along a sea of wild tribalesque beats. Although, its incessant pattern may drive some a bit over the cuckoo cuckoo’s nest, I find everything about this song totally infectious in a manic episode of hysteria kind-of-way. While “Wild Strawberries” takes you back to the bashing cymbals and guitars of the early punk days, where music was hard, fast and loud, “You Have A Right To A Mountain Life” will spring you on a magic carpet ride back to the 60s in a sound cloud full of psychedelic guitars and some more fucked0-up mania that a times will make you feel a bit claustrophobic. Archie Bronson Outfit takes it down a notch with mellower tunes “Bit It & Believe It” and “Hunt You Down,” giving your ears a break from the intense energy fueling the majority of the album and allowing you to step into some relaxation with something a little more smooth and melodic. Closing it up with the fun “Run Gospel Singer,” I can already see show-goers jumping around to this track. It’s a really fun but brief song that reminds me a bit of the score you would hear at a circus sideshow.

With “Coconut” recorded in an old farmhouse basement, it’s no surprise the chaotic sounds seeping out of the album are unusual, yet organic. Whether you’re into its sheer megalomania or the mellow groovin’ instrumentation, “Coconut” will put you in a musical induced coma that you won’t want to wake up from.

Words: Sandy B.

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