“Fortuna” by Popstrangers

June 03. 2014 | By Vicki Dolenga


[Spunk Records]

Have you been missing the pop/punk sound of the 80s? Then Popstrangers’ latest album, Fortuna, is just what you need in your life. Popstrangers is Joel Flyger, Adam Page and David Larson – native New Zealanders who were playing hard-driving noise punk, but they decided they needed some big changes.

They packed up and moved to London, and they also decided to make a change in their style of music. Fortuna is their second full-length album, and while it’s still full of driven melodies, the hard noise punk is gone – at least for now – and it’s been replaced by an atmosphere far more austere and off-kilter.

“Distress” and “Country Kills” are upbeat pop tunes that brings The Clash to mind, while “Sandstorm” and “What’s On Your Mind?” are mellow and dreamy psych-pop – and rather reminiscent of The Cure. If you’d like a little throwback sound mixed in with new songs and a slightly punk edge, Fortuna by Popstrangers is for you.

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