Hey OK Fantastic: 'Hey OK Fantastic'

Hey OK Fantastic

Hey OK Fantastic

The local quartet Hey OK Fantastic defies its goofy name with a debut album of shuffling, folky power-pop that shows a band sure of its own sound but still ready to explore wherever that leads them. The self-titled disc starts with "Bill Wimblybee (In the Town of Dinglydell)," a dirge that recalls the Decemberists and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." (It's probably the mandolin.) That's followed by the goth-country of "Flight of Fancy," a reverb-heavy tour through Nick Cave territory. From there, though, Hey OK Fantastic capably runs through Elephant 6 territory—strummy, peppy pop anthems with hints of the British Invasion, surf rock, and late-'60s California folk rock. Alex Minard's eccentric vocals and Sam Harding's striking guitar solos define the band's sound, which only occasionally suffers from quaint, self-conscious quirkiness and is, at its best, first-rate guitar rock.