feel-good-reviewThe Internet – Feel Good
Odd Future Records; 2013
Day & A Dream Rating: 4.0 out of 5
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At the center of a collective of individual spirits, Syd The Kyd and Matt Martians chose to be outward in their musical approach. Their edge is dressed up behind Syd’s tongue in cheek songwriting and clever put downs as the frontwoman for their band, The Internet. 2011’s Purple Naked Ladies stuck to the Odd Future blueprint and twisted it into a sleepy trance of R&B and funk, Syd’s voice showing its potential on cuts like the synth tinged, “She DGAF” and others. Here on Feel Good, she along with Martians and their evolved full band sound feel even more mature and even catchier.

Her songwriting doesn’t dig into vague spots or opaque clunkiness. Instead it remains simple, effective and at times enveloping. “You’re beautiful, you brighten up my day,” is as come hither playful as one can get on the daydreaming “You Don’t Even Know”. The hints of their growth from smooth basslines and well keyed hooks can be traced back to last year’s “Give It Time” when it was released as a flat loosie. These moments appears frequently on Feel Good, those static appearances where everything washes into sunny demeanors and fun. “Sunset” might be ripe for criticisms of saccharine as it is the soundtrack to a moment of mental oasis but through electronic guitar strings and trailing adlibs, it deserves to be.

Feel Good has roots, ones that trace back to N.E.R.D.’s spastic jerk of identity. That group was led by a falsetto and songwriting that created characters like Bobby James and Pharrell Williams at his most love sick. That might be why a single like “Dontcha” with its feet stomping guitar vibes and Syd’s gliding vocals feels like one of Chad Hugo & Williams’ early collaborations. Or add to the fact that Hugo actually appears on the record to add a little more thump in the percussions. The Internet know how to make rather engrossing records, even when leaving Syd to her lonesome on “Red Balloon”. The snares here only get to breathe for a second or two before pianos comes sweeping in to join a maddening drum pad.

The jam session moments such as “Matt’s Apartment” and the synth bubbles of “Cloud Of Our Own” almost make the album feel like its running into itself at times and on the latter, gets cooky with comparisons to “butterflies & waterfalls”. Yet, they’re missteps you simply shrug over while you slink back and just enjoy. Feel Good represents another interesting moment in the Odd Future narrative, one that continues to emboss the idea that beyond their youth and pomp for shock value — they’re musicians too.