French quartet Tahiti 80 deliver sweet and smiley grooves on their delightful LP Fosbury. Thirteen tracks exhibit Tahiti’s danceable, cultivated synth pop, without a glimpse of sloth in an unending flow of soulful giddiness.
Listeners will find “Changes” impossible to dislike, in spite of its standout as the obvious single. “Changes” perfectly showcases the breathy, harmonized vocals that make Tahiti 80 so undeniably irresistible. Singing along is mandatory. Dancing is not required, but it would prove fruitless to resist the desire.
“Chinatown” is a lovely surprise, with dreamy lyrics about budding love and the awkwardness. The celebratory “Somebody New” escalates with handclaps aplenty, sounding uncannily like Outkast’s “The Whole World,” while still maintaining a paradoxically energetic-yet-mellow vibe.
If nothing else, Fosbury will leave you with a cute grin and catchy tunes. It’s definitely worth multiple listens and offers some solid additions for your next dance party mix.
Myths Of The Near Future
The rumbling of “Two Receivers” kicks off Myths Of The Near Future, an assault of a debut from Klaxons. The audience is immediately forced into a vicious beat, then supplemented with grainy vocals, like Todd Fink mashed into David Bowie with a dash of Prince, and then come the jingly, almost eerie keys. Could this be more awesome?
Could anything beginning with such joviality and grandeur possibly keep up with itself? Luckily for all of us, Klaxons answer with an assuring “Psh, duh.” The frenzy of “Atlantis To Interzone” followed by the darker, subdued “Golden Skans” shows the versatility of the English trio. Klaxons showcase their top game on the gem “Magick,” speeding up, slowing down, freaking out and breaking down. Dance-crazed ravers and psychedelic punks alike will be content to put Myths on repeat. The bottom line is that this album doesn’t bore.