If the sound of old arcade games like Pac Man get your juices flowing, or you’ve found yourself bopping along to the Wreck it Ralph soundtrack (don’t deny it, we all have) on numerous somewhat inappropriate occasions, then Coach Bombay is your Mann*! Both the uninitiated and eager fans are in for a luscious little listen with the premiere of his eagerly anticipated electro-pop album Sunshine.
Two years in the making, Terry Mann’s Coach Bombay is finally ready to show off his electro-pop baby Sunshine. Featuring some killer collaborations, his fun and infectiously joyous songwriting is the best way to close out summer.
Over the past 30 months Coach Bombay, otherwise known as Terry Mann, spent many of his days writing, recording and mixing Sunshine in the bedroom studio in his Brunswick home, adding final touches as recent as two weeks ago. During which period Coach Bombay went live for the first time, performing previous material, and recent singles as a five piece band. And as Mann himself explains the exponential process was a voyage of “Late-night brainwaves out of the blue, songs that came together in a flash, ideas that gathered digital dust before getting reworked months or years later with fresh ears – and everything in between”.
Sunshine is a 12 track record for the electro-pop obsessive and will probably be the new sound that y’all rock yourself to sleep with, but for others unfamiliar with the genre it will be an eye-opener, a huge step into the world of bubblegum lyrics and never stultifying beats. And with names such as Funtitled and Cool Thing, prepare to be hit with a strange brew of impossibly catchy tunes that will get so stuck in your head, you will have no choice but to enjoy them!
Majority of the songs featured are smothered in cotton candy yet Bombay’s prowess is undeniably evident on each. The LP hits its peak on ambient pop track Strange that sees a smoother rhythm take hold, and could easily serve as the main jam at any old shindig! Whilst the second most enticing track Cool Thing (Ft. Elle Young) enters seductive territory with Young’s flowing vocals perfectly complimenting the accompanying pattern.
The album hits a slight curb, with the initial first minute of Party Kitchen sounding eerily similar to Burning Down the House, the 80’s classic, sung by the one and only Talking Heads… however, this ironic similarity is quickly forgotten as a somewhat richer beat sways the song into a category of its own.
Overall, despite a few misses, Sunshine is just a whole lot of peculiar fun and has most definitely been worth the wait!
*Ed. Gotta love these puns, no matter how bad they are.
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