Clean and up
Laptop pop was a logical extension of late 60s anglo pop, and Manwomanchild starts to turn the circle back. These songs have that bouncy Monkees/"happy" Beatles feel imported into an almost clinically clean sound. But there are also some fine intruders (80s indie pop guitar, proggy key changes) that add depth.
Think New Pornographers, and you have an idea of the sound. But these songs are much less wiggy and more conventional. The hooks are pretty and often witty, which brings to mind early Bowie. In fact, there's a real debt to Ziggy Stardust, even down to the use of strings, even if they're ersatz on this set.
Not particularly profound, but often lovely and sometimes even beautiful. If this doesn't hit you right in the summer spot, you haven't been sitting in the sun long enough.
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