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- The Laser Background EP by Laser Background
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With a name like Laser Background and a box which features a picture of a kid in front of a laser background, my immediate instinct was that this was going to be a tape full of some of this modern day analogue synth fiddling that’s so popular among the kids nowadays. I was way off, though - this is actually psychedelic bedroom indie pop with drums and guitar and bass and synth and a somewhat childlike vocal delivery that’s quite twee and nostalgic but not in a cloying way.
The songs seem quite natural and unforced, and they all have catchy tunes, and my highlight is when he takes things down a notch on ‘Pinwheels’ for a slinky bit of summer slacker indie pop which closes with a bit of whistling. Not enough people invoke the nostalgic power of a good bit of whistling on their records, you know. I reckon it’s because whistling is very hard to pull off live because it’s not very loud and it’s impossible to do if you’re laughing (and there are few things more likely to make you laugh than attempting to whistle into a microphone), but enough about that because I’m onto the next song now, which is also very good.
It’s a pop bouncer called ‘Weird Conscience’ and the synths are finally out in force for a middle eight that sounds like it’s straight out of a computer game, which goes well with the nerdy-sounding vocals. It’s a little bit Devo-esque actually, which is never, ever a bad thing. All five songs on here are charming and weird, psychedelic pop with the emphasis on pop with crisp clear tones and instantly recognisable melodies. Really nice little tape.
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