REVIEW album Barringtone Bonanza Plan

Barringtone Create Their Perfect 'Bonanza Plan'

Bonanza Plan


I've managed to take a sneak peek at Barringtone’s debut album ‘Bonanza Plan’, which is set for release through Onomatopoeia in August.

These accomplished math-rock pioneers create an album that is an optimistic, enchanting and dazzling arrangement of dissonant beats that surprise throughout. ‘Bonanza Plan’ is an escapade through a wild and rugged landscape, harnessing their trinkets and treasures of moments in time and creating this pure math-rock, post-punk explosion of an intricate and complex world.

A blend of sounds and experiences all collide and cascade throughout the collection, from the arousing electro-pop track ‘Feverhead’ to ‘Dreamboyz’, that dances unexpectedly, with a smattering of lyrical content and scattered arrangements that are improvised yet perfectly curated. Painting unicorns in the sky, ridden bareback, as tigers and rainbows burst into flame.

‘Gold Medal Vision’ sneaks up on you, bizarre and unexpected arrangements, jaunty and funkily motorik, to clunking and demanding beats. We are guided towards the end into quieter terrain, giving way to glorious bird song.

‘Into The Woods’ takes us for a walk in the forest, set against a backdrop of field recordings and bird song. The electro synths and motorik guitars clink into place, curiously disjointed and meandering off into a more ambient ending. ‘Technolollipop’ reminds us of the delights of AK/DK and Simian Mobile Disco and slants-off towards more choir like vocals.

An album packed-full of dreams and surprises, complex and demanding - this is an album for the perfect going out, staying in lockdown pick-you-up. Take yourself on a ‘Bonanza Plan’ break with Barringtone – away for at least an hour on a ride through their own seriously strange and curious landscape.

‘The New New’ is the perfect introduction to the album, hinting at the new dreams of the future - as the lockdown passes Dobbin's suggests:

'Absorbed by lockdown fever-dreams, confronted by our myriad hopes and fears but denied the infantilizing illusions promoted by consumerism might we eventually emerge and find solace in nature - or an acceptable simulation thereof.....?'