Oberhofer

Chronovision

Glassnote

Aug 20, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES Bookmark and Share


For such an overwrought moniker, Oberhofer makes psych pop far simpler than frontman Brad's last name suggests. The Brooklyn band returns with Chronovision, the follow-up to 2012's Time Capsules II, with sunny victories similar to forgotten '80s covers. It's concise, a true feat considering he cut down from 106 demos to 12 songs. From the New Wave punch of "Memory Remains" to the surf pop of "Together Never," Oberhofer's saccharine hooks help him swallow the death of his roommate and various inevitabilities of life. Chronovision is the crystalline memories of one man struggling to adapt. The punchy snaps of "Ballroom Floor" and retro twist of "Me 4 Me" make up for "Sun Halo" and "Someone Take Me Home" walking through the motions, but by sweeping up the mess with cheery fuzz pop, he helps himself and those listening find optimism, even if several blisters form on the album's heels. (www.facebook.com/OberhoferJamz)

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