Holy Sheboygan! is an alt-folk septet from the USA.
With a plethora of instruments to unwrap, taking a listen to Holy Sheboygan! finds the listener with the excitement of a child wandering into a pick’n’mix sweet shop as each visit finds something new to listen to in wide-eyed pleasure.
Rather than using the diversity of instrumentation, such as banjo, saw, saxophone, recorder, trumpet, kettle and so much more to create volume – they select from the drawer as appropriate. Unlike the superfluous exclamation mark in their name and the intensely annoying capitalisation and exclamation mark in the LP THREE!, the opening track of the seven – Belly Of The Beast has a calmness about it that wraps the listener in a welcoming embrace of blues, bossa nova and soul.
It is merely a sadness that by the time you get to the song you are in such a state of irritation about the frustrations of the syntax that it takes most of the track to get into what is a genuinely delightful vibe.
Holy Sheboygan! is best taken in large quaffs of listening to allow the blood pressure to settle and enjoy the music for what it is.
Whilst it may come as a surprise to some, myself included, that music with a genre descriptor as such may appear on the site. Matt Reagan is able to invest the out-put with some engrossing curly-wisps which demand closer attention.
Inside the delicate fronds of sound lay some hidden pieces of glass which gives the music an unexpected abrasiveness and All Right, from the two track single of the same name released on the 24th attests to the ability of Matt Reagan to deliver the unanticipated.
Not something I will have on my everyday playlist, but most certainly a track to come back to in quieter, more relaxed moments.
With a completely different sound in Electric Shock Value,The Bourgeois, replace the oppressive darkness with a trippy beat that has the listener reaching for the joss-sticks as the guitar travels between psychedelia, shoegaze and ’60s brit-rock with the percussion and bass combining to give the track a flavour of off-beat reggae whilst the vocal ties the various ideas together with its gravelled delivery.
Whether this prefaces a full release or just a stand-alone idea time will tell. For now, it stands as its own marker and well worth getting to know as, The Bourgeois demonstrate the ability to take influences from the past and freshen them up with new ideas.
The US rock’n’roll band Marco With Love release the LP Smothered & Covered on the 1st of April.
Marco With Love – Smothered & Covered – artwork
From the ten track album the third – Big Black Dog. In a track which casts a wary eye on the violence and racism the lyric is less metaphorical than much of the material previously featured as Marco With Love deliver a song that asks the listener to stand in the shoes of others.
The palette for the vocal is set to a shimmering guitar and lap-steel allowing Big Black Dog to both have the signature melodic sounds of the band, whilst percussion lays the more confrontational nature of the lyric.