An eclectic assortment of off-center pop by Orange Air from Jacksonville, Fla., and the music is so good that The Big Flo is now only my 49th least favorite state (sorry South Dakota).
Dragon Fly is characterized by a very prominent rhythm section (that bass is omnipresent, I swear), fast tempos and very ample vocal harmonies. Some of the instrumentation, the quick chord changes and key variations, remind me of Sunset Rubdown's earlier experiments. But at other points I'm reminded of The Shins. Weird. But it’s so cool.
"Lucky Pierre" startles the senses with subtle fretting, and pleasant wailing. But the going gets groovy in the next track, "Naked and Starry Eyed," with staggered bass lines and the energetic chorus. "I want to dance, I want to kiss, I want to take you home / all my dreams have become something of their own." I love it, the lyrics match the energy of the music and ask yourself: "How often does that really happen?"
Much of the music seems to hiccup into existence. Stop-and-go rhythm patterns, and even vocal deliveries, permeate the musical atmosphere, and while the sound is always continuous (there's always something going on), the sudden ways the instrumentation can shift is delightful rather than jarring. "Stacy Sweat" is the best example of this; while the main verses are told in mild shouts, the chorus is much more fluid in delivery.
Dragon Fly is a very exuberant release, full of pep and a healthy interest in expanding the boundaries of contemporary pop. It is highly recommended.
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