By Baxter Labatos, Spheremusic, May 2013.
hooyoosay is a remarkable band making happy tunes. The only thing that bothers me is that I could not find the country of origin from this awesome project. At first listen, the tracks sound like jingles with electronica meets country kind of style, but then again it doesn’t sound so. It is hard to categorize their music, but they surely make catchy tunes rooted in the beauty of pop music.
My rule of thumb when listening to albums is just to listen. No need to analyze, but just enjoy the music for music’s sake. This seems to be the principle behind the album "Don’t you lie to me". But, like I said, who knows? The title track is catchy with hints of chanson, vintage and vaudeville pop. ”There’s two kinds of people that I just can’t stand, and that’s a lying woman and a sneaking man, so don’t you lie to me.”… The chorus is easy to singalong and the instrumental arrangement is excellent.
Another notable track in this release is the instrumental "Yooplaaa!". Um... again this is hard to categorize, but it is beautiful. I love the mixing of the bass and drums because they really sound full. The overall sound design is slick, clean and glossy. Oh, did I already mention slick? No need to argue. Just grab the album.
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