Opossom: Electric Hawaii (3 stars)

Opossom: Electric Hawaii


Kiwi Kody Nielson's feel-good odyssey back to the 60s is a psych-pop space cake

Before Kiwi Kimbra joined Gotye to duet on his runaway hit ‘Somebody that I used to know’, there was Crowded House, Bic Runga (you remember, she sang that one ‘Sway’. No? Big in the late 90s? No?), and ‘New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk-parody duo’ Flight of the Conchords; it seems New Zealand is drip feeding, rather than bombarding us with its musical exports.

This latest, a kaleidoscopic pop debut album home-written, recorded and mixed by Kody Nielson, draws on his Polynesian background, as well as elements of surf rock and gently trippy psychedelica. A feel-good odyssey back to the 60s, it’s a psych-pop space cake layered with chiming organs, bouncing bass guitar – and a guest vocal from Bic Runga.


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