I want to start this review by making a confession: I don’t love the Red Hot Chili Peppers as much as I used to.
I’m in no way slagging off their output – in fact, five years ago when Stadium Arcadium came out I really liked it. I did.
And it’s not even the fact that it has been so long since they had new material that I’ve moved on. It’s just there comes a point where you can’t listen to Scar Tissue or Can’t Stop or Love Rollercoaster when it is pishing with rain and the wind is blowing a gale.
They are a summer band and that’s when their music should best be enjoyed.
And that’s the exact same feeling I had when listening to ‘Eureka,’ the third album from Canadians Mother Mother.
This is a summer album. Light, breezy music perfect for sitting outside and listening to while having a beer or reading a book.
That’s not to say it’s unchallenging – not at all. The intrumentisation is dense and the melodies and harmonies on display wrap around each other perfectly.
Stand-out track is easily lead single “The Stand” – not as effortlessly cool as the band hope (you can practically imagine them standing for hours in the diner repeatedly hitting the old jukebox then saying ‘Heyyyy’ when it comes on at the twentieth time of asking) but despite the slight desire to mock it, you can’t help but like it. It’s a damned catchy tune.
The rest of the album holds up to it, providing an enjoyable listen.
If I had to provide a description in the context of music that was already out there I would say it would be like if Beck joined MGMT and they had to write a few songs for the Almost Famous soundtrack.
An interesting effort.
(Released through Last Gang Records UK on May 9th)
Kenneth John Porteous