By Rachel Molina |Staff Writer|
Whimsical, dreamy and weirdly entertaining are the only words that can describe pop rock band Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s.
The band is led by singer/songwriter Richard Edwards, who has been creating their authentic sound for 10 years.
In their new album “Sling Shot To Heaven,” the band’s authenticity shines through.
“This record is a little bit of my life, a little bit of my ideal life, and a little bit of fictional life, invented from fragments of people I’ve known,” stated Edwards in an interview with Paste Magazine.
“Making it was a joyful and maddening experience. It’s maybe an album about moving on while looking back, pillar of salt or no,” Edwards added.
A major authentic element that made the album different was how it was recorded on a two inch analog tape.
An analog tape allows the music to be taken straight from the microphone, giving the music a very raw and natural sound.
The music was brought to life by guitarist Andy Fry, cellist Jesse Lee, pianist Emily Watkins, trumpeter Hubert Glover, drummer Chris Fry, percussionist Casey Tennis, and bassist Tyler Watkins.
“Hello, San Francisco,” the cover song of the album immediately grabs your attention with its beautiful collaboration of instruments.
“The song grasped my attention right from the start,” said student Angela Martinez.
“The piano, acoustic guitar and vocals are mellow and extremely enjoyable. I could imagine myself in a big city slowed down by the powerful lyrics,” added Martinez.
The lyrics in this album, very conversationally cover topics of adulthood such as heartbreak.
A song that I really enjoyed was “Flying Saucer Blues.” I felt this track was very relatable to anyone who has experienced heartbreak.
“Flying saucer blues, nothing changed, things still hurt. Flying saucer blues, on my mind, I want you, back. Nothing changed, you still left. So much love, I want you back,” sings Edwards.
Edwards’s voice sounds distraught at the reality that the person he loved is gone and expresses his emotions through the chords of his guitar.
“This song caused me to remember my first heartbreak. The gut wrenching feeling at hearing the words that symbolized the end and thinking of nothing else but that person for months after,” said student Kimberly Aguirre.
Some of the more interesting songs on the album are “Getting Fat,” “Go to Sleep You Little Creep” and “I Can’t Sleep My Eyes Are Flat.”
The song “Go to Sleep You Little Creep,” touches on a relationship between a father and son.
In the middle of the song, you come to understand the son just wants to play with his father but the father just wants to be left alone.
“Sling Shot To Heaven” is a very mellow album that Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s keep simple with an acoustic guitar, piano and let the lyrics speak for themselves.
The lyrics may not always be relatable but they allow listeners to express their emotions and inner weirdness.
The album was released on April 22 and is now available on Sound Cloud and iTunes.