Release Date: May 8, 2012
Record label: Modular Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
2008 was something of a watershed year for digitally augmented indie pop, with releases like Hot Chip's Made in the Dark, M83's Saturdays=Youth, and Cut Copy's In Ghost Colours all highlighting strains of a beatific, open-armed sound that would very soon become practically inescapable within those bands' respective spheres. 2008 also saw the release of V, the debut album from Australian electro-rockers Van She. Though still very much electronically inclined, V sounded more rooted in modern rock radio looks, having more in common with, say, Muse than the hip-- and hip-guided-- music their perceived peers were churning out at the time.
If Sydney’s Van She’s second album is an attempt to reflect the climate of their hometown, then the electropop foursome have outdone themselves. ‘Idea Of Happiness’ is a relentlessly, resolutely sunkissed cruise through a midsummer night’s dream of synth pop Utopia. It’s also a bit cringeworthy in places – but maybe that’s the point?Van She are unquestionably an efficient, well-oiled synth machine.