Baby Guru are stacking deep with the title of their third CD: "Marginalia" is the name of this, which can be translated as "marginal notes". Prins Obi, King Elephant and Sir Kosmiche don't have to hide from the competition. The three cheerful Athenians offer a rather casual mixture of early electro herb rock and irresistible melodies that remind us of the Beatles in "We Need Some Space" and scratch by the kitsch in "Baby You're So Weird". Even Afrobeat sounds are integrated as a matter of course ("Most Of The Times") and at "Exegesis" the Greek trio couples the alternative folk of Midlake with cultivated synth monotony. The game with pop-cultural cross-references works very well over long distances, e.g. in "Explain", where you expect a Paul Simon ballad after the first few bars, but which is then broken by the mirror of postmodernism. The cleverly conceived title song and the opener "Especially When" with its beguiling melange of baroque pop and psychopop sound particularly likeable.
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