Musical Geniuses

Mega Store

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Layering garbled found sounds and anything from harpsichords to toy pianos, experimental indie pop duo Musical Geniuses craft bizarrely compelling post-Beck pop symphonies that weave in and out of consciousness like a bull in a mattress shop. The endlessly dreamy "Fred Trip" drifts into the Stone Roses/Luna-influenced "Right Out of the Box," carrying the listener along with its chunky keyboard vamps and cloudy wah-wah guitar. Video game theme songs are brought to life with a warm drum kit and reverb-heavy vocals making for the kind of background music that stops conversation altogether. Dave Genius, along with members of the underappreciated space pop bands Ten Second Dynasty (Erik Genius) and Naming Mary (James Genius), combine their talents to craft friendly and inviting music for the future. Mega Store delivers a seamless barrage of warmly unique analog and electronic sounds, blending American pop with the fuzzy feel of the Madchester sound, exploring the same uncharted territory that Beck and the Dust Brothers mapped out. Altogether enchantingly simple and infuriatingly complex within the same song, Musical Geniuses may in fact be the quietly buzzing music for the post-boy band age, and it is certainly welcome.

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