(The Ugly Side of Love)
Badfinger, Cream, Kaleidoscope
Intentional record player static coupled with artistically inclined poor production reverberate throughout this psychedelic album. Malachai, a two-piece band from England, have put together 13 low-budget deep tracks that surprisingly shine. Lead singer Gee’s vocals are quite original and become subliminally infectious and addictive. He does a great job throughout this album mixing up inflections and trippy echo to provide a unique dark pop feel.
What makes this album better than a lot of the classic 60's and 70's albums is the bold change in tempos and off-beat rhythms. Several tracks throughout the album have hints of saloon piano which are perfectly timed. Track 9 "Lay Down Stay Down" introduces a dusty horn section, reminding us of a track that could have easily slid into the Tarantino's Django Unchained soundtrack. Track 12, "Fading World" has a terrific ending that blends into a very poignant whistling solo.
The album is only about 30 minutes long, but man to they pack variety on this one. We found this album very refreshing and the antithesis of the overproduced albums of today. Malachai are two lads that have retro-fitted an old sound into a hoppy mood setting gem. Grab this one as it will add some great variety to your collection.
Standout Tracks: Lay Down Stay Down