The album marks the return of the sensational Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, who, in 2006, became the next big things in the electro-pop scene and were tipped (and received a few) for many awards across the board. The second time round sees them veer towards the ‘band’ sound, as opposed to the electro-vibe the first time around.
This puts them in a different place, although there are still many electronic blips and blops in the mix. But the sound is a very early ’60s psychedelic-pop of a Vanilla Fudge, or even a lighter, Syd Barrett influence. The duo often resort to banal organ sounds on ‘Song for Dan Tracy’, Casio-tone structures on ‘Flash delirium’, and even make time for a song about ambient guru, ‘Brian Eno’.
A good one is the acoustic title song, Congratulations. This one is fun while it lasts, but my shot is that it won’t last too long. Their ‘time to pretend’ begins now , sadly.