Pom Poko: Birthday (Bella Union) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Pom Poko


Bella Union

Feb 20, 2019 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

The enigmatic Norwegian electronic pop-punk quartet unveils their manic and tireless vision on their debut, Birthday. Warped and distended grooves slink under angular melodies that mix the cacophonic distortion of death metal with the reckless abandon and self-parody of pop. The vocals yip at a buoyantly obtuse angle from the febrile drumming and splintering guitar, giving the tightly rehearsed naiveté a loose and sinuous feel, much like that of early Deerhoof. There is a delight in the frivolity that is unabashed in its goal of primal regression and targeting of the id. But this perpetually "in the red" energy level is both the charm and biggest fault of this album, as by the end you find yourself wishing that the finish was a little way back. (www.pompoko.bandcamp.com)

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