Guy Fantastico is a fairly mysterious indie pop musician from Los Angeles. He makes dreamy pop music which shouldn’t be a surprise considering his latest release is titled Dreamboat, a very flowy, somewhat ethereal ten track LP. It’s easy, spacey afternoon listening.
Fantastico has a deep, casual singing voice that is paired with often playful lyrics like “sink your teeth in me.” Songs like opener “Asleep In The Dollhouse” and “Champagne” recount fun, drunken times over cloudy synths and high pitched keys. They always seem like they are being sung directly to you but you are actually a cutesy girl with short dark blonde hair. There is an element of absurdity to his sound too, this unexpected collision and layering of weird dream pop sounds. The source of this mashing of sounds may be that the album is co-produced with Helado Negro. The effort has Fantastico sounding like a more synthy, more laid back, and less introverted Jens Lekman.
The standout on the record is “Hang On Tightly, Let Go Lightly,” a song that has Fantastico “singing about sex in as poetic a manner [he] could muster.” The theme of sex comes up a lot, almost every song making some reference to these intimate activities. “Hang On Tightly” is the most overt and, ironically, the song that is his most commercial and the least bizarro. Where the others are a dream pop Jens, this song is a lost Magnetic Fields song from 69 Love Songs by way of an airy synthesizer.
Dreamboat is a good listen and is much like a letter from Fantastico hoping to pick you up in some capacity. You can stream the album below via Bandcamp and–if you fancy–pick it up here at whatever price you want (we recommend $10).