Schizo Fun Addict — El Shoegaze Bossa Nova
(Sugarbush Records SB052, 2018, LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-02-08
In 2017 Schizo Fun Addict provided free copies of their 2013 LP The Sun Yard to all Fruits de Mer club members. Members were able to experience the Schizo’s early songs in all their glory, especially their unique take on psych bossa nova, most notably “Dream of the Portugal Keeper.” Their new full length vinyl album released on Sugarbush Records in September 2018, El Shoegaze Bossa Nova, is a collection of similar tunes and some new directions. Despite hailing from New Jersey, the Schizos have perfected a blend of 60s Euro Pop, psych, and bossa nova, contained on Side 1. Jet Wintzer and Jayne Gabriel provide the cool introspective and at times trippy megaphone vocals, accompanied by Dan Boivin on drums and rhythm machines, Rex John Silverton on guitar, Daniel Figueredo on piano and synths, Adam Vaccarelli on bass, and Roberto Muolo on trumpet. “Day Alone,” “A Plan for Love,” and “Window Pain” are their signature sound. “Shadow Bossa” is an introspective dreamy tune that could accompany a spy movie. Then there is the short experimental “51 Second Encounter,” with wordless female vocals, bells, keys, and rhythm. When you flip it over El Shoegaze Bossa Nova takes off in an entirely new direction. “Voltage Alert” is a spooky instrumental with a jazzy vibe. Next is “Alone at Makaha” with jangling guitars, dreamy melodic guitar runs, and surf sounds leading into “Seagulls,” a trippy, floating, gliding journey on the thermals over the shoreline. “Window Pain Reprise” is not so much of a reprise, but a reinterpretation as an instrumental with sustained chords that slowly grow. And the album closes with “Angels Are Marching,” a slow song with fuzzy electronics and vocals. If you are looking for an album that will grab you by your throat, this is not it. However, if you love trippy introspective music with a nostalgic flare, then El Shoegaze Bossa Nova is just what you need.
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