Bananagun - The True Story of Bananagun
Jun 27, 2020 (updated Jun 27, 2020)
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PHENOMENAL

And I thought Abracadabra by Jerry Paper was gonna be the quintessential vibe album of 2020!

Enter The True Story of Bananagun, a colorful and endlessly energetic voyage through the jazzy, psychedelic minds of these Australian newcomers. Truth be told, I get lots of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard vibes from Bananagun; while King Gizzard are far too sonically varied to pigeonhole into one sound, the two bands do share similarities at times, especially when considering King Gizzard's more freeform, jam band-esque style in conjunction with their knack for hypnotic psychedelia. Both bands hail from Melbourne, with extensive musical lineups. Their names and overall aesthetics are quirky, fun-loving and adventurous. But at the end of the day, they are very different groups--afrobeat is one of the few genres King Gizzard haven't extensively dipped their toes into, yet even this early on into their career, Bananagun are absolutely KILLIN' it by delivering the grooviest shit I've heard all year.

Baked in jazz traditions and doused in bossa nova rhythms, The True Story of Bananagun is an experience that's as immersive as it is addictive. You'll find yourself movin' and groovin' throughout the entire runtime. From the tasty horn solos to the unstoppable funky guitars, the tracks flow into each other so well, reinforcing the album's aforementioned adventurous nature. It plays out much like the album cover would have you expect--it's as if you're sailing through a beautiful jungle, but not in a "Wow, so exotic!" tourist-y way. It's all so tasteful and entrancing. This album has only been out for a day and I already know it's gonna be hard to push out of my top 10 for the year. Exhilarating, energetic, soulful, uplifting, hypnotizing and atmospheric, Bananagun are a necessary band to watch if you're looking for something new out of Australia's psychedelia scene.

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FOR FANS OF: Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Mild High Club, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Jimi Hendrix

Favorite tracks: Bang Go the Bongos, The Master, Freak Machine, Out of Reach, She Now, Perfect Stranger, Mushroom Bomb, Modern Day Problems

Least favorite tracks: none bucko

(Afrobeat, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Jazz Fusion, Jam Band, Bossa Nova)
1 Comment
6d ago
also sounds like early Floyd.
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