from Brisbane, Australia is smart. I say this not because he is
the mastermind behind Yeo and The Fresh Goods, or because he makes
music with mathematical precision.
I say it because he
is a 21 year old Masters student in Audiology and because his debut
album 'Trouble Being Yourself' sounds like a nerdier version of
N.E.R.D. Indeed, the production on his standout track 'Two Sides
Of A Door' would make Pharrell proud.
But Yeo isn't just in the
mood for making funk rock and singing in a slight falsetto. He
jumps and jerks between genres, sometimes in the same song.
reggae-pop intro of 'Fishin' With Aidan' melds into a salsa infused
party jam, all the while mixing the ska-delivery of Sublime and the
'Thank You' message from Dido's long-forgotten hit of the same name.
his sneaky horns to his hand-claps and Super Mario samples, Yeo
recorded, mixed and produced the entire album. It's catchy,
cheeky good fun.
Fresh goods indeed. By Nick Christie