It's easy to tell the Welsh band El Goodo is obsessed with retro, psychedelic sonic landscapes, even without hearing a single note of the group's music. A key track on El Goodo's self-titled 2006 album is called "Stuck in the '60s." The quintet recreates that vintage sound, in part, by using instruments and recording equipment leftover from the '60s, right down to the drum-kit and bass.
El Goodo's latest release, Coyote, is immediately catchy. The pulsing drum beat and brawny guitar riffs in the opening bars of "Feel So Fine" kick off the album with an impressive gusto. The entire album echoes many of guitarist Lewie's favorite artists, including The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, and The Doors. Backing vocals are taken from the Beach Boys school of rock, sung in carefully orchestrated group harmony.
Though the late '60s may be the main source of inspiration for Coyote, more contemporary comparisons can be made: In "I Can't Make It," the playful melodies and spoken lyrics sound as if they could have come from the early Gay Parade era of Athens pop sensation, Of Montreal.
After Super Furry Animals took notice of El Goodo's debut in 2005, the band has been building up their resume by touring in both the UK and stateside with acts like Beulah, Essex Green, and The Zombies. Coyote may be El Goodo's second album, but with such richly layered and intricate melodies, this is no sophomore slump.
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