Album Review: Been Meaning To Tell You by Ernest Gonzales
Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics
PopMatters - 70 Based on rating 7/10
Between the debut album from Shlohmo and Been Meaning to Tell You from Exponential Records boss Ernest Gonzales, what started off as a cute idea for an EP series has blossomed into a noteworthy independent label. Friends Of Friends Music is on the rise, and if they keep finding eclectic electronic oddities like this album, they’re going to land on the moon by 2027. Gonzales’s sophomore album, Been Meaning to Tell You splices choice post-punk and neo-psychedelic riffs with uplifting synth melodies and flavorful drum machine programming, supported by moments of beat-box rhythms and New Wave homage.
The last decade and a half has chronicled rock ‘n’ roll’s anxious attempts to win back the favors of electronic music after Seattle told it exactly where to stick its synthesizers back in 1991. Yes, we’ve come a long way from the awkward, fumbling advances that made up the latter half of Mellon Collie, disc two. From Wolf Parade’s wall of synth to The Knife’s eerie death-disco to Xiu Xiu’s harrowing noise-pop, the aughts were all but dominated by the sticky-sweet sounds of rock and electronic’s make-up sex.