Austrialian duo's Californian homage is spoilt by awkward arrangement
Australian electronic producers Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant relocated to Los Angeles to cut ‘Everything Infinite’, their homage to Californian sunshine pop and fuzzy psychedelica, and the duo really get into the spirit of ’69 with plenty of wistful guitar lines, vocal harmonies and pseudo-hippie lyricism. But unlike their fellow countrymen Cut Copy, whose hook-stuffed summer jams breeze along fluently, Wunder Wunder’s sound is weighed down by bulky, awkward arrangements. The appropriately titled ‘Hail the Madman’, for example, features a somewhat manic instrumental that’s propelled by a shrill synth loop. They fare better on the more tuneful, less screechy ‘Midnight Hours’, but as a whole the album would have benefited from some ruthless editing and extra production spit and polish.
Dean Van Nguyen
Record label: Dovecote Records
Release date: 15 Jul, 2014