Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the three piece of Dan Whitford (singer/guitarist/electronics), Tim Hoey (guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums) are signed to the hugely influential Modular Records - the same label that has already brought us The Avalanches, Bumblebeez 81, Wolfmother and The Presets. Their debut album, Bright Like Neon Love, sees garage rock and melodic electronics married perfectly together: imagine Sonic Youth taking on the Pet Shop Boys, or Daft Punk conducting New Order.
Bright Like Neon Love also shares pops fascination with matters of the heart, as in the albums title. Such romantic notions are proffered in Future, a sprightly example of French-touch electro-pop as played by New Order, with low, dispassionate vocals evocative of half-remembered nostalgia. Indeed, the album is characterised by a hazy affection for teenage days gone by. The new romantic disco of Saturdays offers the age-old conundrum of yearning for someone who doesnt reciprocate your affections, and Saturdays (Reprise) is like an updated soundtrack to the sublime stoner flick Dazed And Confused.
The synth-led, sunshine soaked insouciance of Going Nowhere is like The Flaming Lips and The Chemical Brothers getting matey again, while That Was Just A Dream offers a lazy electro glide that Air would no doubt be impressed by. Autobahn Music Box sees Cut Copys Boston, America/Fleetwood Mac crush fed through an Ibizan sunset and again displays the bands uncanny knack of hitting romantic realism on the head: "I watched the sun go down and up again and think of you/Youre just so busy seeing red when all I see is blue." The My Bloody Valentine meets The Go! Team space rock of Bright Neon Payphone is rooted in a garage rock intensity, but thats balanced by the wistful lament of A Dream ("You think my lifes a dream/I dream when Im awake").
And if you were wondering why an album constructed in Australia should bear such an uncanny resemblance to the French body music of Daft Punk et al, then you should know that Bright Like Neon Love was co-produced in Paris by Phillipe Zdar of Motorbass and Cassius fame.