Since when did Oberlin, Ohio spawn experimental musicians with a knack for late 70s Afro-Cuban Jazz and late 90â€šÃ„Ã´s electronics? Well, since the arrival of the musician known as Skeletons. Yes you read that correctly. Skeleton and his highly unconventional band The Girl-Faced Boys prefer an odd mix of experimental jazz rhythms, slick beats, spacey synths, and crisp vocals. In theory, it would seem to make for a very dynamic album. However, the overall slickness of the production leaves most of the songs sounding hollow. There are a few times on â€šÃ„Ã¹Gitâ€šÃ„Ã¹ where the band manages to balance high-end production with some soulful songwriting. â€šÃ„ÃºSee The Way,â€šÃ„Ã¹ the albums lead-off track, is the type of song you might expect if The Postal Service suddenly became obsessed with free-jazz. Frantic horn bursts, and a tribal, steady rhythm coalesce with layered vocals to act as enhancements for an otherwise classic pop tune. The albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s title tracks fair almost as well. Here there are no jazz influences to be found, just shiny synths, pop-friendly beats, and quick, but powerful lyrics, such as â€šÃ„ÃºThat was so teenage/This is heart-attack.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s most immediate track and best vocal performance, but nowhere as successful as â€šÃ„ÃºYâ€šÃ„Ã´all Think Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s Soo Easy.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Here the band creates a great mix of challenging music and textured vocal treatments, which results in a very fresh and relatively warm sound.
The majority of â€šÃ„Ã¹Gitâ€šÃ„Ã¹ tends to be overproduced and very slick, creating a rather chilly experience and a severe lack of resonance. However, the band proves that their style can work, and be filled with warmth, on a few occasions.