On the subject of absorbing innovation, Salako brings us to the most astonishing CD of the year (if you’re into that kind of thing). Sharing the same label as the exceptional Belle and Sebastian is this not dissimilar group of impossibly imaginative people. Still, I can’t decide which is more brilliant: the actual songs or the production itself. But again, like on any truly great album, the two are indistinguishable. Re-inventing Punctuation (Jeepster) absolutely oozes with melody and subversive tinkerings contained brilliantly in lyrical invention. And despite the wonderful and sinister sounds, the subtle and clever rhythms, and the flawless song forms, these are tunes that would work as well on a ukulele as they do in the studio. Mr Jeepster (is it John?), would you personally congratulate the lads for us?
The single is a good introduction to the album; acoustic guitars mixing with rough edges and semi-electronic, simplistic beats. Belle and Sebastian are another Jeepster band and Salako share a clean, quiet French-tinged pop style with them. To this they add an odd flavour, the sweetness ever so slightly tinged by incongruous sounding rhythm … Fresh, morning sounds, with an air of lightness and individuality.
Salako deliver gorgeous no frills acoustic pop on Growing Up In The Night