Gone BananaMega Bog
A thick green mist, a lush chill vibe; after 5 years and countless self-released tapes and CDs, Mega Bog - the brainchild of songwriter Erin Birgy - has completed their best work to date; a swirling pop cloud called Gone Banana. Influenced equally by the emotional psychedelia of Kevin Ayers and the pop whimsy of Steely Dan, Gone Banana is a joyous declaration of artistic independence and purpose. The story of a chronic goofball insisting on being taken seriously. A celebration of melancholy; using music to force yourself off the floor when you hit the bottom.
Birgy is an enigmatic musician and a true weirdo - Megabog changes lineups and configurations faster than most musicians change clothes. Alternately a tender songwriting project, a blazin-hot jazz-rock combo, or an open forum for goofy one offs and fragile experimentation, it is ultimately whatever Birgy wants it to be on a given day. For Gone Banana she has gathered a loose group from Seattle's thriving experimental pop and improvised music scene, including members of local mainstays like Neighbors and iji, along with hotshot sax guy Jacob Zimmerman. They rip through 9 hazy burners with a sneaky tightness hidden behind layers of drizzle and reverb. Birgy's rich voice croons and bends around the shifting walls of sound, organizing and refocusing the swirl. Representing a unique moment in Birgy's songwriting and a budding maturation for a bouncy community of oddball pop addicts, Gone Banana is an immersive listening experience; a peek into the life of a truly strange soul.