Music

May 9 2008




Yeo Choong, 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. 

The 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.

From 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