Opossom: Electric Hawaii
- Lucy Mass
- 30 July 2012
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.