A woozy, electronic affair

After 2007’s ‘Sea Lion’, the New Zealand experimental poppers return with their third album. In the interim, it seems Ryan McPhun and his chums have dusted off their laptops and synthesizers; ‘Fight Softly’ is a woozy, electronic affair. Opener ‘Sun Lake Rinsed’ is bright enough - treated vocals and hazy tempos induce a warm, dizzy sensation. ‘Mingus And Pike’ hints at Polynesian rhythms, and is apparently about a “friendly dog”, while folk chants and Arabian bazaar beats decorate the beautiful, if baffling, ‘Cranberry’. The endless experimentation can grate but ‘Fight Softly’ is a bold attempt to further stretch pop music.


Words By John Freeman

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