Barringtone bring us an eclectic debut, Bonanza Plan, produced in two parts by Nick Howiantz at Brixton Hill Studios and Oli Bayston at Gun Factory, Homerton.
Bonanza Plan is out August 21 via Onomatopoeia (Crayola Lecturn, Hurtling, William D. Drake)
Bonanza Plan is a slice of avant-garde pop, recorded in live takes, with over-dubs, synths and field recordings added in post. The album is a pulsating and bizarre assortment of progressive pop, math rock and angular mayhem, with an occasional dash of bird song.
Barry Dobbin elucidate’s: ‘A Bonanza Plan is an idea based on some of the more hyperbolic management theory/self-help, absurdist, go-getting, self-determination aids to modern life that are routinely presented to the modern consumer citizen – everyone needs one if they are to experience the ongoing material / spiritual / creative bonanza – if you haven’t got a Bonanza Plan get one now!’
Barringtone are lighting-up live shows with their own blend of mathematical pop rock wizardry and fast becoming known for their enchanting, complex arrangements and dissonant time signatures. The album is a mix of glorious electro pop like Feverhead, to the more math rock, progressive stylings of Foxes & Brimstone. Gold Medal Vision is motoric, unexpected, clunky and funky – curiously demanding. Dreamboyz shimmies into an unanticipated groove from a lyric that conjures the image of unicorns, ridden bareback, tigers painting rainbows, bursting into flame – wild, heady and scattered, unexpected chords surge and surprising beats sneak up on you.
Into The Woods takes us into the forest, as krautrock guitar arrangements conjure electronic beats. The New New speeds up, a dazzling synth line, a lilting lift, crafts into a spangled disco ball, evoking an optimistic Public Service Broadcasting, as the track plunges from laser chic to rugged disco beats. Emily Smallhands spellbinds like a fine piece of embroidery, musing on a lady with a curious name. Technollipop is jerky, frenetic, a Rundgren-esque foray into the hypnotic delights of AK/DK, squelching beats and choir-like rock vocals. Finale Pet Gazelles is a whirring miasma of beats and electronics, surging towards sonic genius, while creating an eccentric and exhilarating sketchbook of sound reminiscent of Battles. Barringtone emerge from their previous incarnation post-punk electro pop artists Clor, their debut Snake In The Grass was produced by Jas Shaw, one half of Simian Mobile Disco. While Dobbin’s vocals featured on SMD’s track Love, from 2007 album Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. Musically Barringtone have evolved from a lifetime of diverse musical genres, currently Deerhoof/John Maus/Ariel Pink/R Stevie Moore – plus dance music electronica.
Album – Bonanza Plan: