Monday, February 29, 2016
Kane Strang - Blue Cheese
Strang is a Dunedin, New Zealand product, and the initial impression of his music matches expectations of the sort of guitar pop associated with Dunedin that has thrilled indie fans for decades. But Strang's arrangements are more expansive, with increased dynamic range and adept use of synthesizers. He layers the guitars and synths to create a full sound that encompasses the listener like a warm, melodic breeze. In ticking the genre boxes dream pop and psychedelia have to be considered. Vocally, Strang's baritone has an breezy, expressive, no-strain quality that makes the songs accessible and familiar.
The lasting impression is of consistent and high quality songs with bright melodies. We think it is the sound of Spring, and we recommend it.
In addition to Kane, the credits list Ben, Pete, and Rass. Strang will tour the US this year in support of the release of Blue Cheese.
Ba Da Bing Records