With such an imaginative name as Squimley and the Woolens, they bring us a soothing, chilled-out, half-baked adventure through hippie land. 10,000 Fire Jellyfish is the latest production from this four-piece band from Vermont. While listening to this album, I am reminded of bands like Pepper, Slightly Stoopid and Fat Freddy’s Drop.
The first track on the album makes me feel like I’ve sat out at the beach too long, and now I can’t move because I’m sun burnt, man. “Warm When Wet” begins with a super syrupy slowed down tangy guitar and percussion melody, and then the lyrics “sometimes I sleep through the day, just cant keep up with this pace,” continue to set the mood for the rest of the song.
“Not Another Dumpling Plate” is more sophisticated than you would take this track to be. From the beginning, the melody starts to weave you upon a fabric of a mysterious journey. Then toward the end, the beat abruptly jumps up and you regain consciousness finding yourself just wanting to dance. The tang tang tang of the guitar keeps the song going along to a funky and somewhat comical beat.
The song simply titled “Z” is a real hip shaker and makes me envision a sea of people just wildly dancing about, in essence this is a great jam song and is just begging to be seen performed live.
10,000 Fire Jellyfish is filled with jazzy island vibes and a little bit of soulful funk. It’s perfect for lounging out by the pool or beach with a cold brew in one hand and a fat joint in the other. The album is well produced and is of good sound quality. This is a perfect mix of songs for anyone into island-inspired music, jam band music or what some may call ska.
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