Sunshine Barato serves as a quick, delicious escape, offering repeated doses of the instant pleasure derived from the perfect two-and-a-half minute pop song. But it also contains a message to take back to our real, often troubled world: there's plenty of cheap sunshine available for all of us to share- love don't cost a thing.
On paper it may not seem like the best idea to combine sunny bossa nova and dark sensitive indie pop, but New Yorks Mosquitos managed to get the combination just right. The follow-up to the bands self-titled debut, Sunshine Barato
is another slice of disarmingly simple songs filled with acoustic guitar, simple beats, surf guitar and whirling Wurlitzer organ. Quickly and effectively wedging songs into the subconscious, melodies are pushed to the fore. The complementary song lyrics are poignant little vignettes typically about boy likes girl -- singer Juju Stulbachs whispery vocals often play the femme fatale or swooning maiden to Chris Root's everyman warble, giving thoughtful context to the stories. (There's also lots of astrological, weather and seasonal references the title means "cheap sunshine.") The last album's "Boombox" made waves as an indie hit as well as music for a couple of national TV ads and a spot on the O.C.
, but the music here on Sunshine Barato
is just as fun and infectious. -Tad Hendrickson