Popstrangers - 'Fortuna'

Kiwi trio excel with idiosyncratic pop and grungy atmospherics

  • Release Date 02 Jun, 2014
  • Record Label Carpark
8 / 10
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.

Lisa Wright

Share This

More Reviews

'Son Of Saul' - Film Review

A multi-award-winning experience of what it’s like to live in constant fear, from rookie Hungarian director László Nemes


'Demolition' - Film Review

A disappointingly shallow dig into the soul of a man who should be on the edge, but isn’t


White Lung - 'Paradise' Review

LA/Vancouver trio White Lung soften the edges of their hardcore sound on their gripping fourth album


Katy B - 'Honey' Review

An over-sugared combo of Katy and big names in grime, techno, hip-hop and d’n’b

Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine