FuriousBall – Good, No Good

New Jersey’s FuriousBall totally hits the mark on his latest DIY psych-pop nugget, Good, No Good.

FuriousBall, A.K.A. Van Kapeghian (also of Camino Sound), is in top form on this record. Each track shows off Kapeghian’s knack for ear-catching melodies and his superb ability to find the most evocative guitar tones to solidify each song’s mood.

Songs like “Starlight, Every Night is Possible” glimmer with a dream-like sheen, complete with wistfully reverberating guitars and glossy vocal harmonies. Meanwhile, tracks like “Just Whisper The News to Me,” crunch with tightly packed riffs and combustive choruses that Stephen Malkmus would certainly dig.

A major highlight of the album is the half-spoken word piece/half murder ballad “Prettiest Girl in Ugly Town.” The song features Kapeghian telling a realistically seedy tale about the lives of a valedictorian who married the football captain right out of high school in a typical small town.

It brings to mind the sadly overlooked spoken version of Lou Reed’s “Romeo Had Juliette” and a more psych-infused Sebadoh. This track is also perhaps the best example of Kapeghian’s poetic lyricism, especially when he describes the former football captain’s inability to hold down a job for more than a week as being both “too familiar” and “too familial”. What a well-wroded and telling statement.

If you grew up on 90s alternative rock and neopsychedelic music, then this is a record you should check out. Click here to get your copy from FuriousBall’s Bandcamp page today.

-KH


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Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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