Brooklyn-based duo Gilligan Moss makes a grand return to Foreign Family Collective with their funky, feel-good, self-titled debut album.
If you’re on the hunt for a guaranteed mood-booster, look no further than the eponymous debut album from Gilligan Moss. Gracing stages at Coachella and Electric Forest, touring with Glass Animals and Toro y Moi, and even creating a 13-track mix for Adventure Time: Distant Lands, the Brooklyn-based duo has proven their talent and novelty over and over. Now, with the release of their ’70s-inspired, nu-disco debut album, the duo gifts their sound to the world in a new, intimate way.
Gilligan Moss features 13 tracks of uplifting house beats, funky guitar, and the perfect amount of emotion to make your heart flutter. The duo already gave fans a taste of the album with the release of their mega-chill track, “Slow Down,” accompanied by the cutest claymation music video you’ve ever seen. (It was even featured on Adult Swim!) And that tune paved the way for the uplifting vibes that were to come on the full release.
From beginning to end, the album embodies those same bubbly, carefree vibes. The music and vocals are so satisfying and comforting, it feels like every song was scientifically designed to uplift your spirit. Each track is worthy of a scenic drive down PCH, a summer pool party, and any dance floor you can boogie on. So when the mood hits, you can put this album on shuffle, and rest assured that magic will happen.
No matter how your day’s been going, listening to Gilligan Moss will make it exponentially better. Stream the album on Spotify or on your favorite platform, and read on for a deeper dive into the album.
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Gilligan Moss starts off with “GM from GM :)” to kick off the day, and ends with “Time for Bed” — with a whole lot of funk in between.
“GM from GM :),” which you can only assume means “good morning from Gilligan Moss,” features a daydreamy soundscape that makes you feel like you’re waking up from a luxurious nap in a field of daisies. An entrancing melody of bells dances over a fun house beat, as the vocals greet you with “good morning, nice to meet you.” Then, the duo drops into some straight funk in “Leaving the Station.” This high-energy track makes you feel like you’re on your way to the best, most well-deserved vacation of your life, with cheery vocals that sound like fellow travelers who can’t help but literally sing about their joy.
The next three songs were previously released, so you may already know and love them. “Ultraparadiso” was is full of sweet, heartwarming sounds. Its layered vocals make you feel like you’re in a trance, and the lyrics solidify that by saying “this could be a dream.” The aforementioned “Slow Down” is a groovy track with an important message about being mindful of where you’re at and enjoying the magic of every moment. And “Special Thing” has a soothing keyboard melody and a bouncy beat to keep the energy up, and the sweet vibes flowing.
The rest of Gilligan Moss is packed with the duo’s signature funky nu-disco, and some more emotional tracks that will give you butterflies.
The warm energy from “Special Thing” melts into “UknoIknoUkno.” The track starts with synths that can only be described as “cute.” It makes you feel like you’re wrapped up in the arms of your crush, blushing and bashful — like it’s almost too good to be true. The energy picks up again with “Ferris Wheel,” which has the strongest festival vibes of the tunes on the album, but that might be because we’re still daydreaming about the giant Ferris Wheel at Coachella. The vocals from Rebecca & Fiona tell a story of infatuation, where the relationship may not last forever but will be a fun ride for the time being.
Then we’re dropped into “Vibe Check,” which satisfies the ears to no end. The track builds around a sound that expands and grows as the muted vocals come in saying “pull me into your magic world.” (Yes, please, take me there!) The most laid-back track of the album, “Lee’s Last Dance,” arrives next and seems to be about a girl debating on making a move on her crush during the last song of the night. You’ll feel like you’re standing next to her on the dancefloor, with butterflies of anticipation in that magical moment.
“Joy 2 the World” takes us back to Funky Town with emotional lyrics somewhat contrasting the lighthearted vibe. That could be a message to keep your head up, even when things aren’t going your way. Up next is “World Service,” which is the focus track of the album, featuring vocals from Welsh singer Betsy, whose voice you may recognize from Joe Goddard’s “Make it Right.”
Gilligan Moss winds down with “Big Lovin,” which grounds you from the beginning.
In the short track, there’s a nearly inaudible voice message in a German accent, ending with “alfedazane!” like they’re speaking to a loved one. Finally, the album comes to a close with “Time for Bed.” This track sounds like you’re lying in bed after a long, but wonderful and fulfilling, day.
With sounds that allude to earlier tracks found on the album, it puts a proper bow on the listening experience. “Time for Bed” really sends you off with some love and good vibes to carry with you as you go through the rest of your day, most likely with a boosted mood a happier perspective overall. What more could you ask for?
Gilligan Moss – Gilligan Moss – Tracklist:
- GM from GM 🙂
- Leaving the Station
- Slow Down
- Special Thing
- Ferris Wheel w/ Rebecca & Fiona
- Vibe Check
- Lee’s Last Dance
- Joy 2 the World
- World Service w/ Betsy
- Big Lovin’
- Time for Bed
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