The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Hailing from London, England, Banjo or Freakout shows the softer side of pop with their motley mix of lo-fi electronica and gentle acoustic in their new self-titled album.
The album seeps serenity with haunting, gender-ambiguous vocals and swirling mixtures of muted piano and guitar. “Dear Me” begins with just that, emulating a trip down the rabbit hole and into a land of pop-psychedelia. The listener spins in a twirl of repeated lyrics, riffs and avant-garde intrusions of sound, with hushed hums bringing the song to a close. “Go Ahead” is the most upbeat song on the album, integrating the occasional horn section to play off the casual interludes of acoustic guitar which appear again in “105.”
Overall, the album is a nice way to just escape for a while. The smooth sounds and quiet vocals make Banjo or Freakout the perfect soothing soundtrack for relaxation and meditation.
Listen to "105":