Kiwi trio excel with idiosyncratic pop and grungy atmospherics
Now resident in London, Auckland trio Popstrangers have unpacked second album ‘Fortuna’. Far lighter than their grungey 2013 debut, ‘Antipodes’, it’s pitched between the blissed-out guitar of Splashh and the idiosyncratic pop approach of fellow Kiwi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Full of fluttering, underwater vocals, it contains the likes of ‘Violet’ and ‘Tonight’, which are doused in drunken-sounding effects pedals. ‘Her’ flits between mid-’90s, sing-a-long melodies and a Beatles-y brand of psychedelia, while ‘’Don’t Be Afraid’s verses lurch along with the kind of pleasingly off-kilter bass lines that even Beck would think were a bit weird.