Whenever you've got a band who simply doesn't care about verses and choruses, how long songs last when played live so long as they're having some fun along with the audience, or that the majority of instruments on stage aren't guitars (they're drums), then you'll always have Flamingods. They are a five-piece based out of the UK, fusing together Asian polyphonic textures, African rhythms, and the occasional pop sensibility into something of a freak-folk blush.

Sun is their debut album, and after a number of years putting on energetic live shows, this is their first major commitment to something physical beyond the shorter EP (incidentally, it is being released on Art Is Hard records, which is, coincidentally, their debut album release too). The band have previously been on record as saying that their live events are more geared around getting the audience involved, and that the music is doing its job when everyone starts dancing and having fun. Trying to capture any music in a recording that would have this effect live is a difficult task, but Flamingods succeed consistently throughout Sun.

Their lead single from the album, 'Quesso', which we featured as our Track of the Day back in October, is a masterclass in treating their musical direction with style and dignity. The lyrics echo back and forth, "I never want to be tied down/Sun give me some direction for my life," creating a laid back atmosphere that is present throughout the entire album. It's easy to split this album into songs which fall under two different categories; those which, on the surface at least, are like 'Quesso' in their make up, and those which aren't, which tend to be more experimental. The former group house songs such as 'Sun', 'Kinich Ahau', and 'If You Can Walk', the latter group housing songs such as 'Cacao', 'Mountain Hut', and 'Cimbala'. These more experimental songs suffer only slightly in the sense that you can imagine them coming alive when played live, but their recordings on Sun are more than pleasurable, and give a good taster for understanding, and enjoying, Flamingods. Whilst 'Quesso' is still an album highlight, that privilege is also shared by the bone-shattering 'Sun', the delightfully infectious 'Mountain Hut', and the magnificent 'If You Can Walk', which feels like a journey in of itself through the heads of the members of the band.

I guess that the best way to describe this album would be to compare it something a little bit similar. You can almost guarantee that many reviews are going to compare this to another band well known for melding together different genres into something akin to freak-folk (although, sure, they're a four piece), but I'm going to compare this band to someone completely different, and that's Daft Punk. Primarily, Daft Punk make music to get people dancing, and yet we'll call them one of the most important bands to come out of France, but not just for making dance music. This is because their albums actually capture that energy - the actual essence of the music beneath everything else - and capture it well. Flamingods accomplish something incredibly similar, and should be proud of all efforts made here. This is a fantastic collection of unadulterated fun.