Corbu produce music as if filtered through a Vaseline coated lens. It’s spaced-out, flirting with trippy desert rock and glacial stargazing leaving a slightly blurred-at-the-edges feel. Strong melodies ensure the experience of listening to “Better Better Off” is joyous and uplifting. This track really does tick all the boxes. Similar in many ways to Tame Impala when he was good and Sunboy at his tripped-out best it stands up to repeated listening.
Hailing from New York, the hub of all that is good, “Better Better Off” is from their kaleidoscopic debut album Crayon Soul.
Frontman Jonathan Graves has woven an album with a defining narrative. Each track tells a different part of the story, taking the listener on a true journey through Corbu’s vibrant imagination. Despite taking inspiration from science fiction and psychedelia, the album also pulls from the band’s real life experiences to create a body of work that is both otherworldly and deeply personal.
The psych-swirl euphorics aren’t surprising considering it was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and follows two acclaimed EPs, We Are Sound and Everything You Imagine Is Real, garnering much praise and plenty of hype.
Their sound makes it easier to dream, to imagine and to achieve escape velocity. Music that can transcend the confines of this planet or reality is worth a shot. You really owe it to yourself.
Crayon Soul is released 5 August 2016 via Big Picnic (US) and 3 Beat (EU).
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