Homelife - Guru Man Hubcap Lady
Homelife, according to their PR, are "a loose group of 8 or so members with countless other projects and commitments". Their third album, Guru Man Hubcap Lady, reflects this, with a myriad of ideas and influences making it hard to categorize. Yet it manages to be a reasonably accessible affair, helped by a general bright and breezy air - no prozac required here.
A Casa (The House) is the equivalent of a slack, summery dress flowing around a pop heart. The female vocals are as light as a low-fat whipped dessert, and these are served with a large helping of funky horns. Harder is another definite pop song, this time with a male vocal and a slightly more electronic feel, making it a distant relative of, say, Royksopp's Remind Me. Meanwhile Big Tree is long and langorous, evocative of the hot midday sun in a land where vegetation is sparse and thorny, the percussion reminiscent of hidden crickets.
And in between these tracks are plenty of strange others: the short Lantern, with its Riders on the Storm atmospherics, the spoken word Banjo, the vaguely flamenco bluster of April Sunshine, the funky-keyboards meets swollen strings meets jazz-guitar instrumental Lowdell Is Missing.
The oddness of this record is no doubt aided by the fact that, either by accident or design, media attention has thus far eluded Homelife. Even after fifty listens, you may still be wondering who these people are and what they were trying to achieve.