Single Review – Sunflowers by The Tropicanas (2021) (Self released)
Somewhere on The Tropicanas Facebook page I saw this band described as “slacker-gaze”. A new genre for me and one obviously fabricated, it did neatly augment, the equally adroit decriptor of ‘a surf band from outer space’ that they include in their Twitter profile.
As playful as both tags may be, there is something about each and indeed the union of both, that describes the aesthetic of this Livington (Scotland) quintet so perfectly.
Essentially, this Sunflower single, which has already garnered so much patronage from BBC Introducing, flirts with all manner of jangle pop nuances and genres. Initially the slacker core, around which so much is amassed, are the chunky melodies of the Dick Dale / The Ventures style of early 1960s surf rock.
Upon this layers of galactic are added with subtle reverb and other gaze-laden production effects being added to the whole Tame Impala sense of neo-psyche woozy, which threatens, but never succeeds in masking the definitive sense of Mac De Marco melodic.
All of the above creates a strangely beguiling laconic cacophony, that is imbued with an originality that is as obviously left field as it is intensely enthralling. This sense of perfectly obtuse, is augmented further, with a rich baritone vocal delivery that provides a slight darkness that dilutes the beautiful swirling machinations and prevents any accusations of too much saccharine.
Scottish indie acts have traditionally found different way of doing things no matter what genre their music is. The Tropicanas seem determined and capable of pushing that particular ‘originality’ envelope even further.