Don't let the initial apathy fool you - Kudos is peppered with exciting moments

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Album Review: Surf City - Kudos (Fire)

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Album Review: Surf City – Kudos (Fire)

Though it was widely anticipated that Bradford Cox would become one of the noughties’ more influential artists, few considered that most of his protégés would do away with [a]Deerhunter[/a]’s noble experimentalism in lieu of standering whimsically behind drippy reverb. [a]Surf City[/a] spend the first third of ‘[b]Kudos[/b]’ hanging out with that same apathetic throng, but then surprise with a handful of genuinely exciting moments. ‘[b]Icy Lakes[/b]’ is a warmly immersive eight minutes built on stoical motorik while ‘[b]In Times Of Approach[/b]’ is a focused stab at rabble rousing dream-pop anthemia, proving that the New Zealand four-piece give a shit more than it first appeared.

[b]Simon Jay Catling[/b]

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