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Marshmallow Coast at Pop! Stereo

Despite the exceptionally cheesy cover art for Marshmallow Coast’s new album, Vangelis Rides Again is really quite good.  This former member (Andy Gonzales) of Of Montreal and Music Tapes has always brought some fantastic stuff to the indie pop table and this album is no different.  And while the record looks like some sort of Scooby Doo rejected storyboard art, the music contained inside is pure lo-fi indie pop bliss.
Vangelis Rides Again sits somewhere between an easy-listening record, Of Montreal and a sad creepy pop record recorded in a basement.  It’s a fragile record that’s loaded with hooks and melodies that while not overly produced or overly jolly does some significant ear worm damage anyway.  As if to prove that point, the fact that Andy weaved, “On Broadway,” into an indie pop tune is simply something that has to be heard.   It’s probably my favorite moment of the record and it shows Marshmallow Coast to be adventurous and fun while sounding like he’s broke indie pop down to its respective elements.  Other songs have this ambient and dreamy like texture to them that sound a bit 80’s-ish as they wash over you.   Just listen to the downtrodden synths of, “Forever,” and you’ll hear it for yourself…it’s almost depressingly cool.
Vangelis Rides Again is an intriguing little pop record that feels lo-fi, dreams of more, but knows those dreams will never be.  Slightly weird with a hint of sadness Vangelis Rides Againmay not be the feel good hit of the summer, fall, or winter but it is pretty darn good and shows that Marshmallow Coast still knows how to write a decent record.

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Marshmallow Coast at Creative Loafing

Click through for a stream of a Marshmallow Coast live set from Athens Intensified.

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Marshmallow Coast at Stereo Embers

I’ve had to quit asking. Such has been the abundance of extraordinary music crossing my desk from heretofore unheard-of (at last my me, and here I thought I was pretty aware of the lesser-known corners) that I just can’t ask inside my head as still another modest but exquisite gem of an album makes my pleasure chakras glow like it’s Christmas Fourth of July and sex all tangled together: “Where did they come from?!”

Whereas it often seems that they’ve crawled out of the sub-strata of the sub-strata of the woodwork, most often, as is the case with Marshmallow Coast, those responsible have been at this for a while, with a substantial body of work behind them. In the case of Andy Gonzales I suppose I might have known better – his CV includes of Montreal, Music Tapes, and SEM faves Mind Brains – but the fact remains that Vangelis Rides Again, misleading cover art aside, lands with a flurry of deft, if very synth-rich, surprises.

Whether it be the lonely popsike elegance of “Hash Out Cash Out” that purrs with a dark radiance, the way “Hills Are Alive” takes Sound of Music‘s most famous refrain and injects it with as glint of unease more native to The Hills Have Eyes even as it sighs with the warm reassurance of a soft electric piano and Gonzales’ pining timbre, how the title track takes its name-checked artist and lures him into a shadowed but shining moonstruck cul-de-sac, all floating rural synth, lurking but nimble bass, and a melody to (maybe literally) die for, “Homeless Baby” borrowing liberally from “On Broadway” while permeating it with the hollowed horror of the mundane shame to which its title alludes – synthy echoes bounicing off the city’s buildings on just another night of neglect – or “Forever” obliquely referencing “Over the Rainbow” while drifting through a numinous out there where the immortal clocks in with the sadly temporal, one synth dripping bright silver rain as another scampers slowly underfoot, the track both ephemeral and desperately finite, Vangelis Rides Again tweaks mystery, curries curiosity, and comes this close to solving the world’s problems. Escapist in its pleasingly disorienting way, the album is also as centered as any work I’ve heard this year.

Gem city, folks, gem city, and available here.

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Athens Intensified at The Blue Indian

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Marshmallow Coast at Pittsburgh in Tune

As an avowed fan of the Elephant 6 Recording Co., a collective of indie pop musicians that spawned the likes of The Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power and Of Montreal, it should come as no surprise that I dig the music of Marshmallow Coast (aka singer/songwriter Andy Gonzales). The sublime “Vangelis Rides Again” is the ninth Marshmallow Coast LP and ranks among the most mysterious, yet entertaining offerings of Gonzales’ career.

With nine tunes clocking in at a brisk 24 minutes, there’s no wasted space on “Vangelis Rides Again.” The songs here are laid back on the surface, but there’s a sense of dark urgency weaving its way throughout the platter.

Marshmallow Coast soar highest on bookend tunes “Hash Out Cash Out” and “Forever,” but there are some assorted goodies in between. Among the keepers are “Hills Are Alive,” the title track and “Foreign Denial.” As a valued branch on the Elephant 6 musical tree, Gonzales/Marshmallow Coast deliver another winner.

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Marshmallow Coast at Blogging Stone

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Marshmallow Coast at Triad City Beat

Click through for a live review of Marshmallow Coast in Winston-Salem!

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Marshmallow Coast at Rock Decibels

L’ancien élève de Elephant 6, Andy Gonzales (ex-of Montreal, The Music Tapes, Mond Brains) est de retour sous le sobriquet de Marshmallow Coast pour le dernier chapitre de sa carrière prolifique (ceci est quand même son neuvième album).

Vangelis Rides Again sonne comme un disque italo lounge album ; laid-back et brumeux, les morceaux sont comme ensablés dans le crépuscule obscur de la psychedelia telle que, dans les années 80, elle était véhiculée par l’électronique.

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Marshmallow Coast at This is Book’s Music

Marshmallow Coast has been making music for 20 years and have been releasing albums on the Happy Happy Birthday To Me label for awhile. They have a new one in 2015 and this one is humble and promising, and it’s calledVangelis Rides Again. If you love the brand of pop Andy Gonzales continues to perfect with each release, you are really going to like this effort.

Vangelis Rides Again is a 9-song EP, two of which are brief interludes but if you are someone who only likes to hear music in small doses, you’re going to enjoy this. “Homeless Baby” takes portions of The Coasters’ “On Broadway” and brings it into modern times, as if there isn’t a sense of optimism but you still must have some sense of home, somewhere. “Foreign Dental” sounds like something you might find on a Todd Rundgren or Let’s Active album while the title track is slightly groove, slightly funky, slightly psychedelic, but borderline trippy, the song that might make you go “who is this?” and “I must invest time in the back catalog.” It’s a lot of wonderful pop textures from someone who is willing to take the listener wherever he goes musically and while some American ears may not find this of interest, I can see this being very favorable in the UK and other countries who love their pop with fondness.

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Marshmallow Coast at Flagpole

Though it was associated with Athens’ Elephant 6 collective, songwriter Andy Gonzales’ Marshmallow Coast (alternately known as M Coast) never achieved the same widespread recognition as some of its contemporaries, perhaps due to the group’s high level of turnover, or its frontman’s unwillingness to pigeonhole the project.

Indeed, Gonzales has never sat still long enough to allow listeners to really figure him out, and Vangelis Rides Again, Marshmallow Coast’s fourth outing for the Athens-based HHBTM label, continues this trend. Clocking in at a brief 24 minutes, the record nonetheless finds Gonzales and company exploring exciting new angles while nodding to the jumbled, psych-speckled sounds of M Coast’s early days.

Vangelis features some of Gonzales’ finest tunes to date, from the late-night bedroom-pop of “Hills Are Alive,” which calls to mind the recent work of fellow soft-psych devotee Cass McCombs, or “Homeless Baby,” a daring, psychotropic number that reappropriates the lyrics to “On Broadway.” But though the songs stand out, there aren’t enough of them. A would-be epic in miniaturized form, Vangelis comes off instead like a tantalizing teaser for something more.

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