"The Boy Is Mine" CDEP
Genres: alternative rock, independent rock
Jan 20 - 26 2003
Australia's one-man pop act Simpatico (the "one man"
is Jason Sweeney, by the way) has recently been touring the USA, and as
such he has issued this wonderful little tour EP. Those familiar with
Sweeney's signature style, making use of jangly guitars, drum
machine rhythms, and friendly, personal vocals, will not be
The CD starts off with "Arrogance," a creepy tune that
boasts a grand, dark sound that's accentuated by the electronic rhythm
section and a brooding bassline that keeps you on edge. It
sounds as if it should be played in a dark, haunted Victorian dance
hall or something.
Then comes two 80's synth-pop throwbacks called "Firebug"
and "How Could Anyone Not Love You?". They're intriguing,
yes, but your response to them will rely largely on your opinion of
the 80's synth movement as a whole.
Afterwards we're treated to a sweet, confronting tune called
"There Is No End To This Day." A simple song featuring
guitar, piano, and vocals, the track brings a tear to your eye with an
endearing chorus of la-la-las. Then comes a friendly, upbeat
tune called "This Has Nothing To Do With You" that's got
some truly beautiful melodies.
The album closes off with a cover of Joe Jackson's '82 hit,
"Steppin' Out." The version boasts some neat
synthesized sounds and a steady electronic rhythm section.
Though a bizarre choice, hearing the classic song is sure to bring on smiles
of recognition (or cringes of disgust, depending on who you are).
To put it simply, Simpatico's The Boy Is Mine is a
catchy, enjoyable album that shouldn't be ignored. Indie pop
fans, eat your hearts out!
Fun Fact: Jason is one of the most
prolific indie poppers on the scene nowadays, having released albums
on countless labels from all over the world, including Germany's Morr
Music, Australia's Library Records, the US's Twee Kitten and Shelflife,
and Spain's Elefant label.
6 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]