Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? - Maine Coone

10 songs
30:11 minutes
***** ****
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Neither band name nor album title can be found on the artwork. Instead, there is a pretty watercolour painting of Maine Coone cats falling from the sky and pouncing on birds, all in the best 3D perspective. Probably the whole band name wouldn't have fit on the album cover at all, because the three Finns had already decided on a rather unusual band name when they formed in 2014.

In 2015 and 2018, the first two albums Teenage Sweetheart and Jazzbelle 1984/1988 got released. It's likely that the Corona pandemic slowed down Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? a bit, as it took four years for the third album Maine Coone to see the light of day. I assume that the band used this break in a creative way, because the material is as entertaining as the long band name. Musically, the band is somewhere between pop, garage rock, punk and grunge, creating a captivating sound right from the start. The album starts with the first two pre-release singles In Tangerine and Pool, and both could confidently be sold as summer hits. Despite or because of its simplicity, the music, which mostly does without guitars, attracts your interest. Especially the keyboards prove to be a driving force without creating a too pop orientated sound. I dare making comparisons with two artists from Northern Europe. Because of the playfulness, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? remind me of a somewhat punkier version of the Cardigans. But there are also some parallels to the Swedish artist Line Koch-Emmery. Despite all the cheerfulness, a few tracks differ from the rest. Zerkalo, with a length of almost 5 minutes, is not only the longest track of a rather short album, but also sounds a bit more depressing and could have been recorded by the Throwing Muses in the 90s. Serial Mama would also have been on continuous loop at 120 Minutes in the past.

Maine Coone may be a short album, but it's bursting with energy. You can't get more dynamic alternative rock or indie pop than this. This album will definitely be with me for a long time this summer and beyond.

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