|"Sound of summer sun"|
Have you ever seen Miami Vice? Not the terrible remade movie with Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell no, I'm talking about the sunny sexy original TV series, Crockett and Tubbs chasing down the baddies but doing it with style, panache and reeking of Old Spice aftershave. Imagine a scene where the cool 80's cops end up following a lead in to a bad guys pool party, all big haired red lipped bikini babes and tanned toned guys in tight shorts, the soundtrack of this party could well be Golden Years.
BROTHERTIGER is Ohio based John Jagos. Now I'm not the best at geography but that's got to be at least 1000 miles from the Florida sunshine.
Golden Years opens with the sound of children playing on 'The Young Ones' (see what he did there) and jumps straight into the shiny synths and from that point never stops throughout the whole album. 'I've Been Waiting' & 'Too Convinced to Care' with their simple blips and tinpot Hi Hat beats don't so much dip their toes that 'bad guy's party pool, as dive in head first still clutching a campari and soda'.
Mush Records press blurb describes BrotherTiger's sound as "Chillwave", hmm? 'Suddenly Voices' with its squelchy subdued electronics and muted ethereal vocals could be loosely classed as such, but still with a massive dollop of retrospective beats.
Much of Golden Years should be filed under the electro-pop heading, especially the title track which is one of the stand out's (think M83 having a wrestle with MGMT).
So, let's wrap it up. All of the above may sound like criticisms, but, this album is the sound of summer sun. It's espadrilles. It's chino shorts. It's pastel coloured blazers with the sleeves rolled up. It's roller skating, walkman wearing FUN. - Alt Sounds