Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Imaginary Tricks - Skommel

I'm a busy guy, so sometimes I attempt to multitask.  Multitasking supposedly is doing several things at once, but as the daughter of a friend said, multitasking is doing two or more things badly at the same time.  But the point is that I was at the office, trying to get some work done, and I streamed this new album titled Skommel through my earphones.  The theory was that I would evaluate the album while working, but usually that leads to the music becoming background and at the end of the album I have little idea about the album.  But the music on Skommel doesn't stay in the background.  It wiggles through your brain and takes it over like a science fiction alien taking over the inhabitants of a space station -- except that this take over is very, very welcome.

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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