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Album Review

Little in the charmingly off-key simplicity of the Marshmallow Coast's Seniors and Juniors anticipated the quantum leap forward made by the follow-up, Marshmallow Coasting. Recorded with the aid of Andy Gonzales' Of Montreal mates, the disc often suggests a mutated clone of that band's classic Gay Parade album, lacking its conceptual density (at least superficially) but achieving a similar balance between childlike wonderment and skewed pop brilliance that's both defiantly retro and proudly postmodern. Gonzales' fractured melodies benefit enormously from the collaborative model: Marshmallow Coasting thrives on the kinds of bright harmonies and complex arrangements absent from his earlier solo efforts, and although it's something of a self-inflicted knock against the incestuousness of the Elephant 6 aesthetic that Gonzales sounds exactly like Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes on tracks like "Lonliest (sic) Heart in Texas" — maybe it is Barnes, who knows? — its also a tribute to the collective's unique and unified spirit.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Yet another branch of the Elephant 6 collective family tree, Marshmallow Coast was the alias of avant popster Andy Gonzales, also a satellite member of both Of Montreal and the Music Tapes. Outside of an EP, The Scent of Credibility, and a split single with Midget & Hairs, Marshmallow Coast was little known prior to the 1999 release of their Kindercore label debut LP, Seniors and Juniors. Released in 2001, Ride the Lightning featured members of Of Montreal as the backing band, while 2003’s Misra-released...
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