All The Rad Snakes by Young Coconut – Album Review

All The Rad Snakes is the new electronic album by Young Coconut, who is a member of the Fauxtown Records enclave of musicians out of Southern Ontario.  

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The album was produced by Curtis Maranda, who is an electronic artist in his own rite with his band Tiger Suit, who create electronic music that features exotic instruments and is influenced by different countries and their musical culture like Japan, and India. 

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I found some of Tiger Suit’s music online – here is a song called “Frosted Glass”.  This conveys some of the electronic styles that can be found on Young Coconut’s new disc.

I was told this is how it all went down, according to Gustav Fedoseev, who has a knack for knowing inside information about certain musicians, and was apparently observing the sessions for his own personal reasons.

So, he said, Young Coconut had been jamming with Tiger Suit for some live shows as their drummer, during which time he mentioned he was looking for a producer for a new album where he wanted to try something a bit different, ie. less electric guitars.  “Do you want to make an introspective album?” Maranda asked. “No, I don’t,” said Coconut

Not introspective indeed.  Curtis had many synths and digital doodads of all sorts at his studio that he used to make party tracks, which he had strewn about (he had so many he could afford to just fling them everywhere he pleased). Coconut, ogling Tiger Suit’s pristine rig, finally asked Curtis if he would produce him to make a party album, and he said he would.  “Something like Dirty Mind by Prince!” Coconut begged the Tiger Suit frontman.

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Under one condition would he produce the album, Curtis said – that YC must not inappropriately fondle the gleaming gear (especially not the Kaoss Pad).  “That won’t be easy,” a dishevelled Coconut replied, still eye-ing the Kaoss Pad with a perverse gaze.

Anyway, that’s what I was told and it all adds up.  The two maestros got to work on All The Rad Snakes right away, although at the time it was still called…something different, and included cover art that was not NSFW.

Slowly but surely, over a year or so, the album came together, using songs that Young Coconut wrote fresh in the studio, along with songs that he pulled out of his back catalogue for a makeover. 

One song, “Brodwick Man”, written with J.K. Phil Osé one sunny winter day, was a particularly well aged song (like a fine wine), but he felt that his band Childebeast never quite got it the way he liked it.  Another song, “Good Streets”, written by Young Coconut with his band The Approachables, was once a punk song that Coconut wanted to “smooth out”.  Here it is in the old incarnation we dug up – “highly unpalatable, no one likes it…” says Coconut.

“Free Weasel” by Yim Tin Tam, “always deserved a dance remix”, according to Coconut.  So many revisions to old classics were made, and Curtis recommended against all the revising and remixing, but it was done anyway, as the sheer tyranny of YC become more and more apparent.

The rest of the songs were originals, and they sprung up from the wellspring of creativity that Young Coconut seems to possess, if you ask this reviewer, and a bunch of new songs were thus born over those gruelling 8-10 months of recording at Tiger Suit HQ, the sun reflecting off the gear.

After 1.5 years of toil, the album finally saw completion, and was finished once and for all.  The result is 12 tracks of relative jubilance, emanating from songs which are one part sad, two parts happy.  Although he doesn’t dance himself, Coconut says that he would dance to these, were he to dance at all, but dancing is something he does not prefer to do.  At least around people.  In my personal opinion, the album turned out ok.  I dance to it.  I like it.

Purchase the full album All The Rad Snakes here, or check it out below on Youtube.

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