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.
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