The squall is strong with this one. The duo of Chris Kramer and Brent Zmrhal understand pop. There's almost nothing dissonant or angular in Slushy's music, which is break from the norm of what Chicago bands typically offer. Some of what's here is so cheery, I feel like these dudes belong to that group of Cubs fans that Lee Elia once famously railed against; jobless, careless, happy to just be anywhere.
They make good use of overdubs with an extra guitar, tambourine, bit of organ occasionally throw into the mix. No bass to be heard here, however. Female vocals guest on only one track, 'Done with Fun'. For the album's closer, Slushy give us their take on Lou Reed's 'Heroin' with 'Reverberations'. Pastime Gardens is a welcome escape from whatever less-than-sunny-or-cheerful realities I may have to endure this summer.
Verdict: 3 Bedpans