Opossom – Electric Hawaii – album review

Opossom – Electric Hawaii (Fire Records)
CD/DL/LP/3 x 7″ gatefold edition
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The first solo album from ex-The Mint Chicks frontman Kody Neilson, in the guise of Opossom,  isn’t necessarily what you’d expect from the art punk popper but is a sonic delight nevertheless.

Kody Neilson has captured the sun. He has taken it right out of a cloudless blue sky and stuck its lovely mellow yellowness on a turntable. He’s put a needle to its fiery groove and Electric Hawaii is what the sun played out.

This is an album of electrofunk delights. A knickerbocker glory of sonic layers, rich and cool, tempting you and then sliding down easily.

It’s got tripping beats, loops of guitars, soaring synths and fuzzed out vocals.

Blue Meanies’ beats and vocal channel Odelay-era Beck while electro influences seep through every pore of the album, giving off the heady scent of deliciously relaxed afternoons on a sunny shore.

It’s not all chill wave though, Cola Elixir builds into a much heavier sound – a seashell against the ear full of roaring guitar crashing on rock n roll.

OPOSSOM – Blue Meanies from fire records on Vimeo.

Even the Beatles can be felt here as the booming back line of Outer Space gives way to a psychedelic vocal, a shimmering dance of a melody.

There are dark corners too as album closer Inhaler Song proves the stripped back, disorientating and slightly paranoid come down to the songs that came before.

It climaxes into a static filled Pink Floyd-esque outro before mood-swinging again into a soothing lullaby.

This album is full of rich musical influence, a delightful and delighting journey to take. It is the lingering warmth of a summer day as you sit beneath the stars and smile. It is an absolute must for your collection.

All words by Sarah Lay. You can read more from Sarah on LTW here or follow her on Twitter.

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