Shanghai wrecked me folks so no Monday videos to get us through the day – however, I’ve got something even better – the latest album from noise pop trio Hedgehog in all its glory – and boy does it hit the spot.
Hedgehog have outdone themselves with their latest, expanding their sound into pop territory like never before all the while maintaining their noisy psychedelic-tinted rock n\’ roll sensibilities. It’s this balance that turns Phantom Pop Star into perhaps the indie rock group’s best work to date. From the electronic backing in ‘DDDDDDreaMMMMMM’, to the dual vocals that propel ‘Phantom Pop Star’, to the subdued cello work on ‘Paintings’ and ‘Star Shine’, every stylistic choice surpasses its mark, as the band utilizes every trick and nuance of their sound to elevate their dreamy pop world. Most notable is the increased presence of Atom on vocal duties, which complements the soft ethereal temperament of the album so perfectly. Might just be 2014’s first true singular pop album. Give it a listen on douban and preorder it over at bandcamp. Catch the trio at Strawberry Festival May 2nd.