Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird : Electric Brown
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Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird : Electric Brown

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If Gorillaz, Van She, and Gang of Youths had a baby, and that baby grew up to make music, it’d sure sound a lot like Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird.

Electric Brown is the first full-length effort from the Melbourne space cadets. On a rocket ride through controlled chaos, they consolidate their trademark mesh of danceable electronic and alt-rock sounds. It’s fitting, since the album’s producer Matthew Neighbour has worked with the likes of Matt Corby and The Avalanches. They’d be Cousin Tony’s cousins.

The 11-track adventure opens with the sound of an intergalactic transmission, a sign of the otherworldly themes to come. ‘Linda’ is Cousin Tony’s answer to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rhiannon’, with commanding yet calm vocals directing listeners through a beautifully produced, slow-moving soundscape.

From the funky bass and vocal harmonies on ‘The Fear’ to the two-and-a-half-minute instrumental world of ‘Adnil’, flying into the carefully crafted combination of strings, keys, bells and chimes above thumping drums on standout ‘Morning Person’, Cousin Tony have found their niche.

The sooner you hop on this ride, the better. This is as close to space travel as you’ll get, unless you’re mates with Elon or Sir Richard. 

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