Amateurish, underdeveloped, elementary—all descriptions seemingly unknown to Huntington Beach’s Matt Kollar and his band, the Angry Mob. The singer/songwriter’s debut album, Farewell Adventure, sounds like the product of a skilled veteran, with its intricate song structures and elaborate melodies.
Quickie instrumental opener “Bon Voyage!” rolls along the highs and lows of an orchestral narrative, tipped with a montage of random voices weaving in and out of the background. Those craving sing-alongs will like the metaphoric “Shipwrecked,” which starts out as an acoustic sea-faring love song, but soon slides into a multilayered odyssey melding an organ with an electric-guitar solo. Kollar also incorporates unpredictable, anomalous elements in his work—take the glockenspiel-laced “Daydreaming,” which rises above a traditional campfire tune with the aid of some piano, tin-can beats and a little of that backward-masking madness. “The Red Wagon” dials things back down to a minimalist level during the chorus, which comes off as part ballad, part nursery rhyme.
Matt Kollar & the Angry Mob stick to the wholesome side of folk, but they find a unique voice by leaning toward theatrics and vaudeville. By adding endless elements of unexpected layers of trumpet, accordion and clarinet, they exude musicianship well beyond their years.
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