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Pomegranates
Everybody Come Outside
Lujo Records
www.lujorecords.com


Pomegranates stretch themselves out wide on their latest recording Everybody Come Outside moving from neo-folk crustaceans relatable to Son Volt to the glassy atmospherics of Radiohead accented by the dance-pop rhythms of The Kooks. Lead vocalist/keyboardist Joey Cook has an easy listening pitch that bodes smoothly with the folksy pop confections brewed by guitarist Isaac Karnes as the rhythm section of bassist Josh Kufeldt and drummer Jacob Merritt complement the melodic progressions with dreamy, dangling beats. The album is a collage of multiple influences that the quartet strings along like different shaped blocks which fit neatly together.

The neo-folk marbling in tracks like "Beachcomber" and "384 BC" shimmer like reflective pools of soft synth-textured riffs producing a crystally luster. The jangly rhythmic beats in the title track and "Jerusalem Has A Bad Day" have a gypsy-folk rattle, while the swig of fast paced vibrations resonating along "Corriander" have an upbeat stride laced up with urgently rapping beats. The dance grooves of "Svaatzi Uutsi" have a romantic flare, and the storytelling verses of "Sail Away With Me" contain a downy bedroom-pop flounce as Cook invites, "Sail away with me to another place / Sail away with me across time and space." The lounging stroll in the rhythmic grooves of "Tesseract" segue into a sequence of softly bowed acoustic guitar strums in "I Feel Like I'm A Million Years Old" drifting like run-on sentences into a dreamy haze.

Pomegranates' biggest asset is their liking for easy listening tunage. Everybody Come Outside moves like a comfy drive through the heart of a quaint, old-fashioned town. The light acoustic showers and jangly rhythmic springs are nicely keeled and make for a pleasing sound laminated in dreamy escapes and storytelling verses that rub the listener with massaging vibrations.

-Susan Frances

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