Experimental Music Love

April 26, 2009

Zoey Van Goey – The Cage Was Unlocked All Along

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 1:16 pm

zoeyZoey Van Goey – The Cage Was Unlocked All Along

Comprising of an Irishman, an English woman and a Canadian, this Glasgow based band may sound like the start of a questionably tasteful joke. Lacking the offence though, Zoey Van Goey still raise the smiles, like some mutation of The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian and a Care Bear.

Sweet boy girl vocals offer delicacies offer soft strums, and a dark edge that’s only apparent after several listens. It’s there though, and it haunts through the vibrant bopalong of We Don’t Have That Kind of Bread and Sweethearts in Disguise, giving depth to a record so simple and childlike. The imagination too of this infant mind sees a host of ideas clash beyond folk pop.

Things are most joyous in this instance on Foxtrot Vandals, like Rilo Kiley before they lost interest, with Stuart Murdoch’s production as enthusiastic as could be hoped for. Two White Ghosts is special too, embracing the cute, carefree nature with a line like “we had no other plan, so we taught English in Japan.”

It’s the perfect debut record – concise and considered, sweet and simple. And easy for anyone to love. It’s for the children, for the grown ups and for the indie kids in between.

8.2/10

Release Date: 11 May

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1 Comment »

  1. I really love this album too. Possible contender for album of the year, definitely.

    Comment by ben — May 14, 2009 @ 11:40 am |Reply


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