Great Good Fine OK | Real Review
By Griff Stevens
Great Good Fine OK is a Brooklyn synthpop duo that formed one evening in 2013. The two instantly had a connection and by the following day had written their first song together, “You’re the One for Me,” which went on to hit #1 on Hype Machine twice in one month and instantly established the group’s sound with Jon Sandler’s dancefloor falsetto soaring over Luke Moellman’s lush post-Space Age production, the perfect soundtrack for retrofuturism. In the past five years, GGFO has performed shows supporting acts ranging from Tove Lo to X Ambassadors to Penguin Prison and have embarked on four major US tours with Betty Who, Joywave, Magic Man, Vacationer, and Panama Wedding, with four songs reaching #1 on Hype Machine and their single “Take It or Leave It” surpassing 25 million plays on Spotify. As anyone who attended the group’s recent sold-out Northeast headlining tours can attest, GGFO has amassed a large contingent of loyal fans who have come to expect over-the-top live performances involving silk kimonos, triggered lights, and histrionic keytar solos, with Jon and Luke backed by drummer Danny Wolf and guitarist Carey Clayton. 2017 saw the release of a 7 song EP called III, 3 sold-out headline tours, performances at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest and Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the release of their single, “Find Yourself”, a collaboration with Before You Exit, that surpassed 40 million streams on Spotify in 2 years. In 2018 they completed a sold-out co-headline tour with Smallpools and released three critically acclaimed singles, “Change”, “Touch,” and “Easy,” that would show up on their fourth and latest EP, GGFOUR. Great Good Fine OK is now releasing their single “Real.”
Great Good Fine OK is Jon Sandler // vocals, Luke Moellman // keyboards, keytar, MalletKat, Carey Clayton // guitar, and Danny Wolf // drums. “Real” continues the band’s unique sound of electro-funk and indietronica with clear high falsetto singing set to rich instrumentation. The energetic dance beat gives the song power as Sandler’s voice floats over the funk influence electronica sounds. The songwriting is upbeat, and the lyrics are easy to understand and follow. Each chorus brings new aspects of the song, and the bridge is super funky and has excellent vocal doubling and harmony.
Great Good Fine OK keeps putting out songs that are equally dancefloor and playlist friendly, and “Real” will thrive in both too. The duet’s songwriting is strong as ever, and the sounds the band creates together combine to form a superlative song that you will sing along with in great joy.
Release Date: April 23, 2021
Label: Ditto Music