Atlanta natives, Wowser Bowser have just released their debut full length, self titled album. It’s akin to the sunshiny and frolicking musing of many indie pop greats, but their foray ambient noise gives them a little something extra. The foursome takes the best quality of psychedelic rock and pairs it with upbeat synthpop. The band’s ability to distort and manipulate sound and pair it with pop melodies creates a sound that is hard to get out of your head.
“Water Story” and “The Garden” are thoroughly enjoyable, melodic tales. The first is the tale fast falling rain. Synthetic harmonies and distant snare drums kick start this dreamy yet vigorous track. Bouncing drum beats and a steadily growing harmony give “The Garden” an addictive quality while “To the Pleasant Life!” has an Animal Collective- like sound complete with sythn-induced pop beats that seem to explode from out of nowhere.
There is a surprisingly unrestrained quality to the album. Wowser Bowser does not seem content to simply reproduce variations of the same thing, but rather determined to provide listeners with an extravaganza of styles. Their mixture of haziness, sharp chord progressions, and burst of short song blended with longer anthems is impressive. Wowser Bowser is a much needed burst of bright and energetic creativity during these long winter months.