Aluminum Group Pelo

What happens when you take a band known for their lounge pop, Bacharach-esque sounds and mix them with Doug McCombs, Jeff Parker, John McEntire and John Herndon of Tortoise? The Navin brothers, Frank and John, invited the four members of Tortoise to contribute to this, their fifth album, and first for Chicago's Hefty Records. Produced by the Navins, Herndon and McEntire, Pelo takes a different approach to the brothers' infamous blend of experimental lounge pop, with that peculiar McEntire quality to it. Whether it is the lovely duets with Sally Timms (the Mekons) or Amy Warren, the harmonies are sweet enough to rot a tooth. Tunes like "Tom of Finland" and "Worrying Kind" can't help remind the listener of Stephen Merritt's talents, while songs like "Pussycat" and "Geraldine" sound like they could be on the next Tortoise record. Pelo sees the Aluminum Group furthering their quest to make winsome, art-flavoured pop music, and the help from outside musicians is gladly welcome. (Hefty)