Release Date: Jul 15, 2014
Record label: Dovecote Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
The duo behind Wunder Wunder may have met up in sunny Australia, but their debut album, Everything Infinite, is infused with the glittering sunshine of their adopted home of Los Angeles. The laid-back and ecstatically happy version of Los Angeles. Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant fill every inch of the album with sparklingly bright synths, gently jangling guitars, and their wide-eyed vocals, then lovingly slap a coat of sugar, sweet and sticky as honey gloss, on top.
Australia's latest psychedelic export comes in the form of Wunder Wunder, the work of producers Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant who recently relocated to L.A. Their debut, Everything Infinite, pays homage to the sun-drenched, dreamy West Coast environment they now call home, and it does so with playful throwbacks including vintage hooks, reverb-loaded vocals, heavy beats, and effects-laden riffs. It's fitting that the opening chord of Everything Infinite sound momentarily similar to the T.
With Everyting Infitie, Wunder Wunder have crafted a veritable mixtape of the contemporary underground sound, touching on everyone from fellow Aussies Tame Impala (the title track with its soaring, Beatles-esque harmonies) to Passion Pit (“Hail The Madmen” with its catching chorus and squiggly synths) without ever really coming through with a distinct voice of their own. While it’s certainly pleasant enough and it’s obviously aiming for mass commercial appeal, there’s a certain amount of disingenuousness behind the recordings in their aping of contemporary styles in a manner that captures the best (and most predictable) elements of the hits that have bubbled up from the underground in recent years. While ostensibly a synth pop group, Wunder Wunder seek to stretch beyond that often-limiting tag by exploring a myriad of stylistic options previously uncovered by indie groups who managed to take their own very particular sound to the bank.
Wunder Wunder’s debut LP Everything Infinite has arrived just in time for summer. As we revel in the festival season, enter the final third of the World Cup and break open the Pimm's, the sun is finally sharing her bathing glow with the rest of us; there is a lot to celebrate and a lot of music to celebrate it to. These Aussie natives quench our thirst for summer loving with their glistening debut, which exudes that first refreshing taste of ice cream, the comforting feeling of damp sand between your toes and the sight of blazing horizons speckled with palm trees – a proper summer album.
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.