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Congratulations was co-produced by Pete 'Sonic Boom' Kember, the drone master from Spaceman 3, and Dave Fridmann, who produced Oracular Spectacular and is well-known for his work with Flaming Lips and his old band Mercury Rev.
While Kember is a dominant force throughout Congratulations, it's on Someone’s Missing that Fridmann’s touch comes to the fore. Indeed, the track's delicate opening, with its fragile acoustic guitars and echo-drenched vocals, could almost be Mercury Rev.
However to keep the psych vibe up, there are - of course - some sitars and spacey keyboards on hand but no one could guess what happens next. In a whirlwind of harps and synthesizers, this fragile ballad transforms into a pumping glam funk track, complete with tambourines and cowbells. Surprise!