April 20, 2013

Review: Platypus Egg-Little Street Of Happiness

Platypus Egg is a progressive rock band formed in 2009 in San Diego, California with influences ranging from pop and classic rock to punk and folk. Platypus Egg, consisting of Michael Louden (vocals, flute), Mark Calabio (bass), Kris Calabio (guitar), Andre Beller (melodica, contrabass), and  Michael Bongiovanni (drums) is now releasing their debut album, Little Street Of Happiness, and introduce the world to Platypus Egg.

Street Of Happiness is a chaotic circus of music. The band uses an array of instruments such as the flute, tambourine, and English concertina in these songs to help bring this circus to life. Although, it may not to appeal to everyone, this album is good and contains some talented musicians.

The opening track, “Lemonade,” which actually seems to be about lemonade, contains vocals by both Michelle Louden and Kris Calabio. The song contains an excellent guitar solo toward the end. The song has an appealing sound, in that there is no steady structure throughout the song. This leaves the listener on the edge of their seat, never knowing what to expect next.

“Long Distance Call (From Grandma)” sounds like a traditional English folk ballad complete with flute. Even with a time of two and a half minutes, the shortest song on the record, this is a wonderful track. It has a unique sound compared to today’s music, and even compared to the rest of the album. The song is mostly mellow compared to the rest of the album.  The band also does a great job of harmonizing throughout the track.

The very bright and happy “Wonderful Day” is just a fun song. The song contains some fun features such as the random babbling sounds made by the band, or the background singers exclaiming “alright!” or “hey!” to certain lines singer Louden makes. The guitar and drums style of playing make for an up tempo feeling that helps give the song its happiness.

Platypus Egg is an excellent band that doesn’t mind exploring different genres. The combination of a unique style and talented musicians makes for an incredible band that is sure to make a name for themselves. Little Street Of Happiness is an awesome album, especially considering it is their debut album. This is an album worth checking out; you may not like every song, but you should be able to find something that appeals to you. Little Street Of Happiness has the ability to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.

4/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Lemonade, Long Distance Call (From Grandma), Wonderful Day

Craig Kidd - MuzikReviews.com Staff

April 20, 2013

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