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This lot a from Portland, Oregon and seem very happy chappies. Well you would be wouldn’t you? I’m sure it’s better living there than grim old West Yorkshire. They perform a kind of fluffy electronic danceable pop that puts me in mind of people like Phoenix and Passion Pit. It’s all rather well constructed and each track is a catchy, scrubbed piece of danceable indie.
They utilise tried and tested methods of getting a crowd going such as the whistle or the bass and drums breakdown. A lot of the tracks sound like the sort of thing TV producers would look for when they finally get sick of using that ‘Foster the People’ tune. And live they look to be a blast; I’d imagine even I, British miserablist, would find my muscles moving into some kind of pattern should I be transported to one of their concerts.
My favourite track ‘Beach Monster’ shows that, when pushed, they have a way with a warped melody, it blasts along a bit like Beck collaborating with Washed Out and has a lovely chorus with some neat Hawaiian guitar. ‘Fortunes Fool’ too has a lovely lazy groove with some twangy guitar providing a much needed earworm. Such stellar moments are rare and a lot of tracks flit past without leaving much impression but it’s all rather enjoyable and its bouncy, prozac-fuelled tunes have actually cheered me up a bit.
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