Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released as a cassette by the Wild Animal Kingdom imprint, Pill Wonder's Jungle/Surf is back in circulation as an LP thanks to the monstrously hip Underwater Peoples label. If you missed it first time around, be prepared to pounce on this - it's very special indeed. As lo-fi and scuzzy as it may be, Jungle/Surf is not to be counted among the droves of (all too often a bit pointless) garage/bedroom pop also-rans that fill up certain labels' rosters, but instead occupies the same rarefied echelons as output from Real Estate and Julian Lynch, carving out rickety but ultimately joyous and artful pop music with a hint of psych-infused experimentation. Ushering in the eight-song sequence, 'Fogg Eater' shapes up as a playful, tropically minded jam harnessing layered rhythmic components and tuned, metallic percussion. If this constitutes some of the titular "jungle" bound influences, 'Being Bored' surely hints at the "surf" part of Pill Wonder's agenda, twanging through summery guitars. Excellence abounds elsewhere from the breezy, crumbling tape haze of 'Wishing Whale' and the energetic 'Gone To The Market', which is a strikingly elaborate intertwining of durable vocal hooks, chiming bell-like melodies and maniacal supermarket noises. Jungle/Surf proves to be a real gem. Highly recommended.