Junior Boys – It's All True
Label: Domino USA – DNO 293
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
2xLP Gatefold in matte finish. Includes insert with poly-lined record sleeves.
Includes MP3 download card.
Released: 14 Jun 2011
Genre: Electronic, Pop
1 Itchy Fingers
Mixed By – Morgan Geist 4:38
2 Playtime 6:42
3 You'll Improve Me 5:54
4 The Reservoir
Mixed By [Co-mixed By] – Guy Sternberg 4:10
5 A Truly Happy Ending 4:02
6 Second Chance 5:35
7 Kick The Can
Mixed By [Co-mixed By] – Guy Sternberg 5:31
8 EP 5:42
9 Banana Ripple 9:15
Design [Album] – Errol F. Richardson
Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Adam Pavao, Christina Sealey, Dan Snaith, David Levy, Josh St. Denis, Kelley Polar, Oliver Knutton
Mastered By – Bob Weston
Mixed By – Junior Boys (tracks: 2 to 9)
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Anna Greenspan
Recorded By – Junior Boys
Written-By – Greenspan (tracks: 3, 5, 7, 8), Didemus (tracks: 3, 5, 7, 8)
Junior Boys are Canadians Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark and they
make sparkly electro-pop which makes you feel happy without having to
try too hard. It's good wholesome stuff : strong tunes, crisp beats,
They put me more than a little in mind
of Steely Dan at times. Mr Greenspan has a very nice clean-cut voice;
effortless and mixed well-forward, it makes a good job of the nine songs
on offer. It's not exactly rocket-science but we don't really always have
to aim for the stars to have a good time. These two gentlemen have
their four feet well-grounded in rich soil right here on planet Earth.
Opening track 'Itchy Fingers' is a cracker! It romps along like a puppy
in the park; all skittering synths, funky bass lines and ribald rhythm.
'Playtime' is a far gentler affair; its unhurried progress and dreamy
keyboard accompaniment supporting a lovely high-riding vocal from Mr
Greenspan. He lays back into the mellow pulse and makes a lovely noise.
'A Truly Happy Ending', too, despite its somewhat old-fashioned style
(think early 1980's Level 42 and you're getting somewhere close) also
delivers an infectiously crisp and soulful dance-worthy performance.
'Kick The Can', percolates to the top of the pile for me; its fractured vocaleffects and distant wispy harmonies take their place in a stripped-down arrangement whose semi-abstract nature demonstrates the duo's versatility.
Final track 'Banana Ripple' would doubtless get even the walking-dead dancing!
Summer feels long-gone but 'It's All True' still manages to let the sunshine in.
Junior Boys - Banana Ripple
(Live at Melt! 2011, Germany, July 16th 2011) HQ
Junior Boys - Itchy Fingers
Live at The Mezzianine in San Francisco 09-23-11