Galapagos is some serious young talent out of Phoenix, AZ with a penchant for layering albatross mating calls under pop riff loops and just turning tropical ambience and electronic backdrops into some serious hyphy shenanigans. These are good, no, great things.
While we got the lowdown from newly established record label Chill Mega Chill Records out of our local DC production scene, NPR’s surprising blogging prowess has once again scooped our bio and story. I guess at this point we shouldn’t be surprised.
From NPR’s talk with Galapagos about his first album, now downloadable:
Jacob McNaughton recorded Sounds Vol. 1 in about six weeks, but it sure doesn’t sound like it. The seven-track record cranks like an unassuming dance party. It’s a well-crafted alloy of bumpin’ beats, soft-focus guitar and peppery sound samples. Some tracks like “Want It All” really threaten to spill your champagne with their damn-near clubby groove. Others, like the opening track “Changing” slow down but hike up the tinsel-esque ambiance.
“Sweet Love” definitely has some reappropriation of that house and ambient electronica aesthetic, while “Want it All” has one groovy-ass vocal loop and some pretty dense tonal overlay. Galapagos will probably be gracing several locations at SXSW this year, so check ’em out if you’re there. Otherwise, expect a cassette release (sic) from local outfit Chill Mega Chill records sometime in the next few months!