Release Date: Aug 5, 2013
Record label: Full Time Hobby
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
Turn back, Skrillex fans. This is not the drop you are looking for. Come on in, the rest of you: there’s much to love in these ecstatic bursts of spaced-out energy that drop and shift in pitch in ways the EDM kids can only dream of. Don’t be fooled by the stylised Japanese name; the four-piece hail from Denmark and recorded this, their second LP, in Copenhagen – although the sinister drone of opener ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ surely originated from Mars.
Many bands use second albums to expand their musical horizons, but Danish quartet Pinkunoizu rein things in on The Drop -- relatively speaking, that is. Where their debut album, Free Time!, was an often gloriously overstuffed mix of psych, folk, and world music, here Pinkunoizu deliver expansive jams that nevertheless sound more cohesive than what they've done before. "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" -- named for the giant, swirling mass of detritus in the Pacific Ocean -- offers more proof of how enduring, and enduringly trippy, Krautrock's motorik rhythm is, while the nearly ten-minute "Necromancer" allows the band to showcase its fondness for bouncy synth pop and moody psych rock without sounding jumbled.
Psychedelic Danish four-piece Pinkunoizu have stated that while recording their second album, they 'somehow became drawn towards working with a bending and falling feeling.' The most explicit realisation of this comes immediately at the start of The Drop, as the record begins with the sound of a plane nosediving into your eardrums. But while the title might suggest one long descent, it turns out that the album's dynamics are far more varied. Take the opening track 'The Great Pacific Garbage Patch'.
There's something so incredibly indulgent about listening to an album while doing nothing else. To turn off literally all other sensory inputs and just concentrate on the music is almost debauched. And while lying on the couch in the dark in an empty house with curtains shut and the volume turned up to picture frame-rattling volume with a blindfold on is how I like to enjoy Bolt Thrower and Sunn O))), not many other bands are accorded the same privileges.
Pinkunoizu’s ambitions have always been as large as the world they’ve explored. Time spent travelling through Asia’s dusty plains and the rolling greens of Earth’s continents have created a mini travel diary that’s been crafted into the Danish four-piece’s music. Those familiar with debut album ‘Free Time!’ will fondly remember its psychedelic melodies scrapbooked by a medley of trippy didgeridoos and antique guitars.Well-travelled footprints are still imprinted throughout ‘The Drop’, but they’ve got a new destination set for this album.