Cronin’s only come in and challenged Ty Segall to the garage, pop/rock crown – and right now Bowlegs is backing him all the way. Oh wait a minute – Ty is producing this, and they’re good friends – scrub that – it’s all good.
The music is baked in summer vibes with psych pop harmonies opening the record on the tempo hopping ‘Is It Alright’. And as the raucous energy comes to a frenetic end, a spiralling flute solo enters the fray – clearly we aren’t just banging around in the garage with a selection of distortion pedals on this one.
In fact there’s a whole host of extra curriculum instruments on display – from the super-spiralling sax solo on the muddied, power pop number ‘Apathy’, to the droning string sound on the ambient like, and unexpectedly, touching ‘Slow Down’.
The San Franciscan based musician manages to pack a whole host of styles under the fuzz. The excellent ‘Again and Again’ drives along with a 70s engine and warming melody. ‘Get Along’, meanwhile, is a fast ramble with the acoustics in hand – the tuneful whines work in sweet harmony.
Another highlight is closer ‘The Way Things Go’. From the clear, crawling electric guitar and muffled vocal, we move over to a piano, keyboard and big rhythmic footstep. Cronin’s tone and effect is like a John Lennon demo that never was. It closes with a skip and whistle – maybe it’s a Paul McCartney demo tacked on the end!
It is hard, in fact, to fault a album so likeable, so full of energy and so effortlessly able to drop moments of melancholy into the shadows that are cast by the record’s love for the Californian sun (and a passing love for jamming in the garage).