Just when you thought all the decent puns had been taken in low-level electronic music, Sunny Blondes pop up with their Masonic Youth EP and knock it out of the park. You know the drill by now – marginally mysterious act, the odd use of a symbol, some decent photo editing and the use of hipstamatic coupled with some expansive, melodic beats that fizz bitter whilst you let it wash over you. When it’s good – notably on latest track No. 6, an effort that sounds like it’s the kind of track to be played at chillwave’s funeral – it’s pretty astonishing, but still not the kind of thing that your mother is ever going to be ringing you up, asking for a copy for Christmas.
Considering their are people from Manchester trying to make sunny, happy pop music, it only makes sense that somewhere on the opposite side of the world, where sunlight and warmth is in abundance, that there would be someone making relatively downbeat tunes. Not all of them hit the mark, and the inclusion of an interlude feels like stepping back a decade, but this is more silver lining than cloud.