Archie Bronson Outfit - Coconut
Fuzz, fuzz and more fuzz. Buckets full of it. That’s the order of the day on the brand new full-length from Archie Bronson Outfit. Coconut is their first album in nearly four years and their third album for Domino, a label that’s home to Franz Ferdinand and Lightspeed Champion - but this couldn’t be any further from either of those acts.
A heavy and hypnotic guitar riff kicks off ‘Magnetic Warrior’, veering off into kraut-rock territory with the tribal nature of the drums only adding to the stoned-out vibe carrying the song. First single ‘Shark’s Tooth’ has a more dancey atmosphere pervading, with synths emerging from the haze and the vocals gliding over the top. ‘Wild Strawberries’ takes the pace up a notch with its thrashy guitar and frantic chanting, with vocalist Sam Windett sounding like he’s singing as if his life depends on it.
‘Chunk’ takes the listener back in time, recalling ‘Let’s Dance’ era David Bowie, and being one of the few songs on the album not entirely swamped by a sea of dissonant fuzz. Other tracks such as ‘Bite It & Believe It’ steer the band into psychedelic territory, drenching everything in reverb and driven along by a strong bass line, and guitar and keyboard that entwine to create a free-flowing cacophony. The almost lo-fi production, courtesy of DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy, perfectly complements the style of music but never loses any of the detail buried in each song.
Coconut is a supremely enjoyable slice of modern psych-rock. Initial copies come with a DVD of warped and unique videos for each track, making this the perfect record to sit back and zone out to.