Skygreen Leopards, Zelienople | Whistler | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Skygreen Leopards, Zelienople Recommended Free Soundboard

When: Thu., Aug. 13, 9:30 p.m. 2009

On their latest album, Gorgeous Johnny (Jagjaguwar), the Bay Area combo anchored by Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldson—part of the outre psych-folk collective Jewelled Antler—play parched, melancholy 60s-style acoustic pop that’s straightforward and focused despite its loose, hazy sound. Guitars jangle over shambling, shuffling percussion, and swelling organ and tinkling piano occasionally color the arid soundscape—the Skygreen Leopards’ sound suggests a back-country American version of Swell Maps—but the centerpiece of the songs is Quinn’s wobbly, wispy singing. It’s an acquired taste if you’re picky about intonation, but his gentle, druggy melodies are consistently beguiling. —Peter Margasak

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