If you were around in the early 1980′s, you will no doubt have a fondless for television, movie, and cartoon theme songs, along with those catchy melodies from video games. This is what Brothertiger have done on their Golden Years (Mush) album, creating music that would’ve sounded great during a raunchy disco scenen on Miami Vice or a movie introduction with Mary Stuart Masterson playing air drums in her room.
Basically, it sounds dated on purpose, but one can also describe it as being “appropriately distant”, ina good way. If you weren’t around back then, you will hear an innocence in these tracks that might sound like music you hear in a favorite movie loved by your parents. But that innocence comes from simply playing the music they loved, with love. Within this music are hints of yacht rock, pop soul, new wave, and dance music, which are all popular today in different forms. The reason why this type of sound and production works today is because of that innocence people look and/or long for in music and in life, it’s creativity without complication or concern, it’s just fun to listen to. As the lyrics to “Wind At My Back” say, you can dance the night away and not worry. So don’t. Then do.
(Golden Years will be released on March 27th.)