Internet Freedom Is Love
Home Alone Music
Wellington group Urbantramper has been offering interesting music for the best part of a decade – that’s a rare feat. And from opening track, Sending Emoticons, through to the closer, The Greatness, this is an album that playfully hops between joyous pop and cleverly sardonic indie, electro and downbeat styles.
There are thoughtful lyrics and warm synth lines – there is nothing stark or cold about this, despite using the instruments and angles that might sometimes seems intentionally detached and, well, void. The skill in this album is in the playfulness – smart hipster odes that send up the culture and celebrate it. In some ways this album sits in-between Vorn’s Down For It and Tono & The Finance Company’s Up Here For Dancing.
Hopefully this gets the audience it deserves.
My favourite tracks are the one-two near the end of the album, Stephen Dedalus Is My Homeboy followed directly by Kate Bush Saved My Life.
It’s an album that has its own sound, its own feel – and it’s a logical progression for the always interesting Urbantramper. One of the albums I’ve listened to the most across the last month. And as with the Vorn and Tono albums I think this will be sorely underrated.