ALBUM REVIEW: Total Giovanni – Euphoria

The 80’s seemed like a great time to be alive for so many reasons. From the cheesy movies, to the iconic fashion to even the harmonic sense of freedom. But the biggest reason would have to be the music. There’s no denying that the 80’s had some of the best pop-rock music of all time and it seems quite sad to me that no one is really making music like that anymore. Well, that is until now. Total Giovanni’s groovy debut album ‘Euphoria’ steps back in time with a social approach layered by slick synths, bass lines and nostalgic harmonies. These aesthetically retro sounding tracks have been polished with a modern touch but still hold onto that raw 80’s essence that makes this record stand out so much. Opening with the post club feel of ‘Everything’, the band introduces the funky throwback sound with the light addition of almost sci-fi sounding synths before switching it up with the disco tinged smooth tune ‘Your Light’. But it’s songs like ‘Falling Away’, ‘Into It’, ‘I See’, ‘Comes In Waves’ and ‘Rain’ which really cement the 80’s sound with a slick production which visually takes you straight to a blue light disco. But in amongst this nostalgic approach there is a whole lot of experimental and DIY elements that brings you to the industrial times of 2018. ‘Awake’, ‘Akila’, ‘The Road To Shimeray’ and ‘Euphoria’ are these very gritty electronic moments which sonically steps away from the rest of the record. The change of pace is reflected well in their live show as it brings out a different side to their personalities. It breaks up the smooth vibes and allows anything to happen. 

Whilst this eclectic collection may not be for everyone, there is truly something for everyone on this record. Whether you love the experimental dance scene or you love some pure nostalgia, they have you covered. And to think this is their debut album is really impressive on it’s own. This record sounds like no one else in the Australian music scene and they stand out colourfully because of it. 

Total Giovanni Euphoria Australian Tour

Friday 26 Oct – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth

Saturday 27 Oct – The Foundry, Brisbane

Thursday 1 Nov – The Croxton, Melbourne – Just added

Friday 2 Nov – The Croxton, Melbourne – SOLD OUT

Thursday 8 Nov – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Friday 9 Nov – Fat Controller, Adelaide

 

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