Tuesday, 31 March 2015

E.P.: Carpool Conversation - 'African Queen in a Brazilian Dream'

Carpool Conversation, 'African Queen in a Brazilian Dream'

Info: In the bands own words; 'After a chance meeting at a dental hygienist and a near drowning incident in a Hyde Park Lido, Carpool Conversation began it's London leg.' What do you mean you don't know what a lido is? Okay, I didn't either,'A lido is a public outdoor swimming pool and surrounding facilities, or part of a beach where people can swim, lie in the sun or participate in water sports. On a cruise ship or ocean liner, the deck with outdoor pools and the surrounding facilities are often designated the lido deck.'

Carpool Conversation's second E.P. is steeped in 60's psych-garage rock but also jumps into ska on at least more than one occasion. Opening track 'Night Owl' sets what is an unrelenting tone through the whole 4 songs on the recording, feverish drumming and guitar riffs that bring forth The Yardbirds 'For Your Love' and the United States of America (the band, not the country). Lead single 'African Queen in a Brazilian Dream' is a delightful skiffle that mixes ska leanings with the aforementioned psych-rock, like if The Specials were given a new synthetic hallucinogen and asked to play 'Miserlou' backwards. 'Toil' is a nice piece of fun as well, and the most ska feeling song on the E.P., hard not to conjure images of Madness on this one with a tiny hint of light-hearted Clash. Altogether a very entertaining, sometimes explosive and cool contemporary homage to an under-appreciated sound.

Carpool Conversation, 'Night Owl'

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