MWE3 ("Bananas Foster" review 2010)
2010 has proved to be a classic year for L.A. pop and making the cut
this year is the latest long player from The Jigsaw Seen called Bananas
Foster. The eleven cut CD goes retro when it has to but the novel,
postmodern approach keeps the music fresh and the sound current. A fine
quartet featuring Dennis Davison (vocals), Jonathan Lea (guitar), Tom
Currier (bass) and Teddy Freese (drums), the Jigsaw Seen is augmented
on the album by guest artists including L.A. pop mavens Probyn Gregory
and David Nolte. Vintage gear like the mellotron give the music a
prog-pop dynamic and in some cases the music successfully evokes the
spirit of classic late ‘60s bands like the Left Banke and The Bee Gees.
Whereas many bands are cutting out packaging and going with downloads
only in some cases, The Jigsaw Seen have always been known for their
intriguing packaging and the seen to be believed CD art and packaging
of Bananas Foster is a concept unto itself and makes an cool compliment
to a band renowned for their futuristic / retro approach to pop.