Everyone Is Having Fun
This is the debut full-length by Berlin-based Jack Beauregard, the musical duo of Daniel Schaub (vocals, guitar) and Pär Lammers (keyboards, electronics). Both met as students at the Music Conservatorium in Amsterdam and named themselves after a world-weary Spaghetti-Western hero played by Henry Fonda. However, instead of sharp-shooting, they shoot soft, but with a nonchalance that should suit every old gunslinger. Naturally, the combination of folk and indietronics isn't the newest thing in this age of laptop productions, but the sleek and slinky way these guys pull it off is just amazing. Everyone Is Having Fun features 12 finely-crafted confections thinly coated with a harsh glaze. For, despite all their balladry and sweetness, every song holds a certain twist, a sarcastic-ironic bit, a second, opposing dimension. With synthy, beat-driven pop hooks, acoustic ruminations matched with electro hand-claps, piano runs and bell-chimes, Jack Beauregard sound as if José González, having just left Take That, had hooked up with early Kraftwerk. Perfectly-honed indie-pop songwriting meshed with well-planned beats.