Rancho Relaxo :: Happy Friday Experiment
June 16, 2012
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Norway’s Rancho Relaxo serve up something else for your weekend with their latest, Happy Friday Experiment. Mixing in exotic spices, reverb cloaked drone and a fascination with their shoes, Rancho Relaxo continue evolving and burnishing their psych rock into a fuzzy sheen. No matter how much you love the slathering of psych frosting, there’s got to be some real cake underneath, and Rancho Relaxo bake a baked cake with all the right ingredients. Hazy, foggy and with vocals carrying just the right amount of indecipherable disengagement, Happy Friday Experiment churns over their Technicolor noise-fuzz laced melodies opting for more intimacy than pointless bombast. They have real songs lurking down below the levitation, laced with chiming and shimmering electrics, strummy acoustics and pulsing keys, that are surprisingly accessible for as they are blissed out. On the surface it seems like a simpler approach, but each spins shows they’re using just what they need to get the songs across, from throbbing acid pop gems like My Heart, My Mind to instrumentals Intermission (blue) and (green). Sonic details used in service to the songs and songs that distill those details down to their fundamental appeal, Happy Friday Experiment is a successful one, on its own and as a part of Rancho’s growing catalog.
Happy Friday Experiment is out on Rancho frontman Inge Kjetil Malmedal’s Trout as Lubrication Records.