Boomkat Product Review:
Your heart is a bullseye for differently-abled Aussie synth/pop unit Tralala Blip, who cram their new album with a mix of hooky electro-disco, balmy pop and modern ballads gorgeously produced by Lawrence English for Room 40.
Included in the few acts one might see refer to themselves as differently abled - a matter they’re actively changing with relentless touring and music workshops across the world - Tralala Blip have overcome challenges imposed by their disabilities to create a range of approaches to instruments, performances and composition that allows them to seamlessly make music together.
Now five years after their acclaimed debut album, ‘Aussie Dream’ (2014), the Northern Rivers, New South Wales-based band returns from international shows at Unsound, ZKM Karlsruhe, and for TEDx, with an enchanting album of patently pastel-toned pop in a totally classic Aussie model that resonates with the downbeats of HTRK or CS + Kreme as much as the atmospheres of archival Antipodean gems coming from Left Ear Records.
The feel of heavy heat perfuses the record from the autotuned opener ‘Pub Talk’ (make sure to check its video on YT!) thru the cool breeze relief of ‘Star of Hope’ to dream-away closer ‘The Canyon’, which all bear the spacious, iridescent hallmarks of Lawrence English’s production. However those tunes only account for one aspect of the band’s style, sweetly contrasting with their knack for driving disco intensity and intimacy, comparable with the light touch of Roxann Clifford’s Patience in ‘Voodoo Pins’, while singers Phoebe Rose and Lydian Dunbar channel Sally Shapiro-meets-Hot Chip with poetically diaristic lyrics in the glistening opal of ‘Facing Monsters’ and the warm buzz of ‘Dear Formless’ could almost be a stray Johnny Jewel work.