MARSHMALLOW COAST: Phreak Phantasy: CD

This is an album from a dude who used to play with Of Montreal, but he has been doing MarshmallowCoast solo and with others for more than a decade. I used to work for a music distributor that distributed MarshmallowCoast’s album on Orange Twin Records, entitled Ride the Lightning. That one didn’t sell too much. I have a feeling this won’t either. During the time I worked at that job, I spent a lot of time playing Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity, which is supposed to take place in the 1980s. Anytime you steal a car and drive it around, you can listen to various ‘80s radio stations, each specializing in a specific genre. I’m pretty sure this would’ve fit in perfectly with the generic new wave/dance/synthpop station, Wave 103. There were a few decent songs on that station from bands like Blondie, The Psychedelic Furs, and Kim Wilde, but with such sub-par lyrics (“Naked chicks here I am / Don’t regret it for the rest of your life”) and too much of that “I smoke a lot of pot with the rest of the members of the Elephant Six Collective” vibe, I doubt this would have fit in entirely on that station. This would have been more enjoyable if they could have gotten Kirk Van Houten from The Simpsons to sing some of these songs (“Hangin’ on a Cloud”). It would’ve been just about as good. Unfortunately, I would still have had to respond just like when he proposed to Luann and say, “Eww, no!”

 –kurt (HHBTM)