Men in masks with subtle pop suss
They may not be as easy on the eye as La Roux, but when it comes to knocking out sublime pop, Wave Machines are up there with 2009’s finest. Merseyside’s latest masked music-makers have created
a gorgeous grower of a debut, a veritable Aladdin’s cave of sounds and subject matter. Songs are inspired by everything from glow-in-the-dark ghost calendars to Cyndi Lauper and, um, overplayed Queen anthems. But it’s precisely this combination of clever, unconventional lyrics and shimmering synths, falsetto vocals and disco bass that makes this album so alluring. Wave Machines could look like mutant zombie spawn and NME would still go weak at the knees for them.
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