Watch List: Gourmet - Spaghetti Boy Making Spaghetti Pop
Do you know anyone who lights a cigarette and then uses a papaya as an ashtray? I do. Kind of.
He goes by Gourmet. He’s this South-African musician and strange provider of wonder-- a self-proclaimed “Spaghetti Boy” making “Spaghetti Pop.” I don’t know what Spaghetti Pop is but that’s how he defines his music; whether he’s being satirical at all, I’m okay with. Call me Spaghetti Girl then.
I am fascinated at first look. Everything exterior--his funny appearance and actions-- certainly gives into his market appeal, but makes only as icing on the decadent cake. This month, with the assistance of independent label, 1991, Gourmet released a polished nine-track EP, Cashmere. The first song, “Animals,” begins with horns, and the rest, a broad range of instruments follow (hearing a glockenspiel always makes my heart do somersaults). I only heard “Animals” after “Rewind,” the boldest song that jogs Panda Bear and King Krule from my brain’s music inventory. And if you like hearing monologue in music, there’s a good one in the middle of “Good With A Nosebleed.”
Furthermore, I am left with an impossibility. An impossibility of disliking any song off the record, but if I must choose obvious stand-outs, they’d be: “Forever Backwards,” “Tartrezine,” “Floods,” and “Soft Things Taste Nice.” That being said, I am more curious to read into Gourmet and to experience more of the feeling that I am entering a playground, a mind of a true singer, producer, and instrumentalist.