From the forthcoming album, Zombie, released on Fri 7 August 2020 on Strangetown Records
An incomparable world of bug-eyed, harmony-rich folk-pop-psych-alt-country-rock lies in wait for intrepid listeners as Wales’ best kept sonic secret, El Goodo, return with only their fourth album in a 20-year career, Zombie. Their first single from the album, Things Turn Around, is released by Strangetown Records on Thu 30 July 2020, brilliantly coupling lilting, piano-led harmonies and choral vocals with a cheery sense of weary, tongue-in-cheek pessimism.
Forming in the late 90s, El Goodo first came to prominence as support band and label mates with Super Furry Animals, releasing their 2005, self-titled debut on the Furries’ Placid Casual label. Things Turn Around’saccompanying video unearths never-before-seen footage of the band on the road with the Furries, capturing a month of playful joy as the Love Kraft tour wound its way from town to town. Matching the song’s downcast lyrics cut with sparkling instrumentation, the band look back at a time of youthful hope and smile at squandered opportunity.
Inspired by Harvest-era Neil Young and White Album Beatles, Things Turn Around finds band leader Pixy Jones(lead vocals/guitars/keys) writing the most upbeat song of summer joy, while toying with listener’s emotions. He says of the track: “Lyrically, it’s a bit of a joke. Me finding as many different ways as I can to say that everything’s going to turn to shit. The video footage seemed to suit the song in that they were great times, but that was the peak from which we started our journey into obscurity.”
Recording Zombie at the legendary Rockfield Studios in the company of experimental producer, Tim Lewis (aka Thighpaulsandra, a former member of Spiritualized), El Goodo’s new, 13-track long player gathers songs exploring parenthood, losing parents and Spanish surrealist film.
Named after Lewis’ sadly-departed dog, Zombie – etched in the band’s memories and nasal passages as a vegetable-loving creature, with noxious after effects – the album was recorded direct to tape and features items from Lewis’ rich archive of analogue equipment. It features over 20 musicians including Pixy, plus core members Elliott Jones (drums), Jason Jones (vocals/guitars) and Andrew Cann (bass), plus Sweet Baboo/Stephen Black (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute) and Welsh Music Prize-nominee, Eugene Capper (violin/slide guitar).
El Goodo can be found via their Facebook page