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, ‘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 ‘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. Sounding equal parts Ariel Pink and Prefab Sprout, 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 and a peek into the life of a truly strange soul.