Skommel is the creation of Imaginary Tricks, who stitched together ten songs of found hooks, rhythms, and beats, and then glazed with their own inspired concoctions of keys, drums, bass and guitar, and a great feel for a good melody. The results often may remind you of pieces of other songs, but that flash of partial recognition is part of the addictive allure of this album. Imaginary Tricks may construct their songs of echoes of other songs, but they have the impeccable taste to only echo the best sounds -- glam riffs, R&B vocals, disco rhythms, and surf pop harmonies. And more importantly, they have the ability to smear it with their own special sauce. The result is an album that is joy to hear, and your smile will grow broader with each repeated listen.
Imaginary Tricks is Mike Visser and Harlan Muir. Skommel is out now via Friendship Fever Records.
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