Go Exploring is a one man band with a tune crafted late at night in a bedroom. He says that: “The music is an extension of my consciousness, chaotically imagined and squeezed out, sometimes by desperate means, to be assembled for your listening pleasure, in the form of an album titled Adventures.”
The first time I heard “Adventures,” my mind immediately whirled back to the period which ran from 1967-1972, when Bubblegum pop music dominated the charts. The songs in this genre were generally defined as having a catchy melody, simple chords, simple harmonies, dancy beats, repetitive riffs or “hooks”, use of solfege syllables and a vocally-multiplied refrain. This genre was made particularly famous by the 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Ohio Express and The Archies.
Go Exploring’s tunes and melodies harness the same contrived feel-good innocence. Though the music is obviously constructed using ultra modern techniques and keyboard-based instrumentation.
Often these days, indie rock shelves swell and collapse under the weight of bedroom projects, a large portion of those being something from an attention starved musicians. Many of these sound like bad afterthoughts. That is not the case here. Go Exploring melds terrifically catchy vocals with heavenly bizarre, ethereal abstract electronic tunes.
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Stunning, bizarre, hooky, hokie and intoxicating, the songs on “Adventures” are mood driven meditative pieces of work. A delicious slice of psychedelic 60s and Bubblegum pop revivalism. This is like mashing up The Archies and The Pet Shop Boys. The result is always a hit song!
Although at times it is hard to decipher all the lyrics, Go Exploring’s vocals is so aurally engaging that it can put you in a totally relaxed state of mind. It’s almost as if the lyrical understanding is sacrificed to magnify the ethereal bliss of the atmosphere.
In a music world where everything from pop to hip hop to even rock music has the same dub step foundation nowadays, this type of music is refreshing to hear again. It’s indie dance pop bliss. Each song has unique musical aspects, but overall the sound remains uniform. Lyrically, the album is very entertaining, often amusing. The tracks are upbeat, and there are many moments which give you an unexpected time-travel rush, as I’ve explained before.
The 7-track strong album contains standouts like; “Today,” “Changes,” “Friends” and “A Part(B-Side).” But to be honest this album is fun, catchy and listenable all the way through. Like anything truly original, it takes a listen or two to really understand, but once you do, you’ll see that Arthur Nudge aka Go Exploring has serious potential. I haven’t heard many other bands making this kind of music today. Sure there are influences of Panda Bear and Animal Collective, but this guy is poppier, cleaner and brighter.
What I most like about the album is that it is constantly entertaining. From the lyrics to the electronic synths to the driving bass, you will not be bored at any point during the process. Turn it on in any situation, and your mood will be instantly improved.
Go Exploring seem to have already found it’s very own little place under the sun, which is probably the hardest thing for any band to do.
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