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Dancing at the Blue Lagoon

Secretly Canadian

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Plagiarism may be considered the greatest form of flattery, but it's never a good look for the perceived offender. It's something Cayucas know only too well. The Santa Monica ensemble's debut LP Bigfoot was cast aside as a pale Vampire Weekend simulation, despite (or in spite of) its jaunting indie pop and sea-breezy aesthetic.

Dancing at the Blue Lagoon is unlikely to convince the cynics. In fact, the record's more mature trajectory, with its emotionally probing narratives, will only add fuel to the fire. But the reality is album number two deviates from the afro-pop pretences of Ezra Koenig's crew, veering towards more tropical and sanguine shores.

of Bigfoot, sonically the band is certainly operating in a wider harmonic sphere. Opener "Big Winter Jacket" is bulbous with strings and brass, a gorgeous uplifting shimmer tinted with melancholy; "Champion" is an off-key wobble of warm piano and a shoreline of splashing cymbals; and "Ditches" is a beautifully executed piano lilt

Like its predecessor, it's not always the most creatively challenging recordsthe anodyne "Backstroke," in particular, misses the markbut what it lacks in artistic merit it usually makes up for in listenability. Original or not, Cayucas deserve a second chance. (

Author rating: 6.5/10

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