Underwater Peoples is a pretty new label who seem very keen on releasing 7" s. So far in the roster are 7's from Real Estate, Ducktails/ Julian Lynch, and Frat Dad with many more in the works. Only the second 7" to be released and first split 7" the Ducktails/ Julian Lynch wax is a good one. Starting things off with the recently hailed Ducktails who bring one six minute track titled "Parasailing." Ducktails, aka Matthew Mondanile brings forward a slow groove with "Parasailing" with slow-motion ping pong percussion and plenty of delayed, phased, looped, and shimmering guitar work, like waking up in the morning feeling completely refreshed then slowing that down until everything is motionless and that feeling only exists as a pure state of mind. I might as well mention at this point that this 7" also comes with a DVD-R with videos made by Richard Law to accompany one track from each side as well as a special bonus Ducktails video for the song "Dreamfreeforest." The video for "Parasailing" is made up of up close shots of a tv screen with psychedelic backdrops bleeding through, while "the video for "Dreamfreeforest" is mostly made up of black white videos of raindrops and puddles with the music droning a way with slow arpeggios moving back and forth.
The second side finds newcomer Julain Lynch, and old time pal of Ducktails's Matthew Mondanile, doing two songs. The first song, "Topi" has the same positive beach vibe as Ducktails with an almost slowed down world music vibe and heavy wah wah. Topi is a pretty basic song with few chords that flow in and out but with only a few chords there ain't much to follow so you can breathe and let the good vibes run over you. The second song, "Garden 2" sees Lynch in a much more song based adventure. It has the same vibe as before with a minimum amount of chords and a slowed down world beat but with a bass laying down the melody and what most people would probably refer to as "Animal Collective" vocals over top, but more like a slowed down Paul Simon song than anything. The video for this one features mainly black and white video of kids "popping wheelies" in their school playground, as well as video of motorcycles, dogs, skateboards, and a homeless man.
All in all this a great "feel good" morning jammer. Let the sunshine in, relax and put this one. Too bad it's only long enough to enjoy a bowl of cereal. That will have to do. 7/10 -- Jon Lorenz (21 October, 2009)