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Review: 'Good Co'
'So Pretty'   

-  Label: 'Bandcamp'
-  Genre: 'Dance' -  Release Date: '5.6.20.'

Our Rating:
Good Co are a modern swing dance band from Seattle with a real melting pot approach to making music for cool swing dance parties.

Come Alive starts the party by re-working It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing into a hybrid funky dance number to get everyone going and having a good time as that sax break lifts the mood in time for some cool Cuban Coati Mundi style percussion.

Home has an almost Middle Eastern feel to parts of it melding with what Dr Buzzards Original Savannah band used to do, while this lot are afraid to go Home as they have been out dancing that late again while most listeners will find it near impossible to sit or stand still while this is playing.

Beggin' could be a cross between a long-lost Teena Marie song and Beggar & Co if you had this on a white label 12" you could easily persuade some crate diggers they had struck disco gold.
We then get what is I think the third of fourth version of St James Infirmary Blues I've reviewed this year this time it's St James (Killing Take) a decidedly deep funky version of this old English folk song that has a delicious guitar flourish in the middle while never losing sight of how dark a tale the song contains, that it is so relevant in our current times is rather sad of course.

Good Company (Party Edition) is obviously the bands theme tune designs to get everyone up and at it on the dance floor with a sort of Manhattan Transfer meets Allen Toussaint for a riot of a party.

Monkey And Me has a sort of early Disney soundtrack sort of feel like Jungle Book gone pop song and well it's the least danceable thing on the album.

Shout is another song in the Dr Buzzards type style this is played quite slow on the album, but I guess live it might speed up a bit as they tell us about their dreams.

Rhythm is all about having that Rhythm in the sort of way that kid creole has Rhythm and it's perfect for plenty of rhythmic writhing on the dancefloor.

Ramshackle has a bit of a Pink Panther theme feel to the underlying tune but with loads of stuff on top of it to create a whole new sonic stew and with enough elements including a great organ part to be decently ramshackle it feels like live this could be the time for individual solos and intros to take place.

Sweet Marie is not about anything absolute but is more of a ukulele led gentle strum of a song to good old Sweet Marie, no it won't become my go to song with Sweet Marie in the title but it has a lovely I'm guessing clarinet solo in the middle of it.

The album closes with one more dancefloor workout in So Pretty that feels a bit like Kid Creole meets Barry Adamson but not quite either with a very cool funky bass solo and some odd are they sampled interjections that just has so much going on it's hard to take it all in.

Find out more at https://goodcomusic.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/goodcomusic
  author: simonovitch

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