<House/Electro Swing> Following up on Perceptions of Pacha was never going to be an easy feat. The runaway success of Goldfish’s second album which for many may as well have been their first [as this is when the masses discovered the Fishies], took this country by storm. The radio waves were ablaze with their singles and there was hardly a shopping centre you could walk through without hearing This Is How It Goes or Soundtracks and Comebacks. In fact the ubiquitous album’s singles were played so much I almost stopped enjoying their music. So I was rather curious to see how they would follow this. At first listen I did think that Get Busy Living, their first single and title track was okay, if not a little innocuous. In fact my first listen to most of the album had me thinking that they had rushed out more of the same simply to keep the machine rolling. It’s that kind of album. It’s all too familiar and can easily be discounted as somewhat of a rehash of Perceptions of Pacha. But here’s the good news! It’s not a rehash and whilst the first few songs are instantly accessible and certainly ride that familiar Goldfish formula, with each listen they get better and better as the subtle layers of musicality unfold. By midway though, we are treated to Brush Your Hair, a simply gorgeous jazzy swing number which features vocalist Emily Bruce scatting away and things start to take on a clubbier, electro-swing feel. The second half of Get Busy Living really sees Goldfish flex their creative minds with some gorgeous melodies and instrumental pieces. As good as all the tracks are three stand out as pure gems; Brush Your Hair, My Rainbow and Big Band Wolf are the least accessible yet the most rewarding the more and more one listens to them. The vocal delivery of Sakhile Moleshe (he of the raspy Cruising Through voice), Emily Bruce and Monique Hellenberg are all world class and certainly add a wonderful dimension to another great Goldfish album; a worthy follow up to Perceptions of Pacha.
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