Throws – “Punch Drunk Sober”

Thrill Jockey signees Throws have been mining a similar pop vein to Yeasayer back in their more rhythmic days, full of world inflections and lush atmospherics. New single “Punch Drunk Sober” gets a heartstung video treatment from Joe Martinez, Jr. who has directed clips for Tortoise, Oozing Wound and The Body. The song features vocals from múm’s Sigurlaug Gísladóttir and, in fact, the whole album takes full advantage of its Reykjavik recording location, roping in Gísladóttir and string quartet Amiina for collaborations. Both Mike and Sam from the duo spent time in Tunng, another fave around here and there’s a bit of a hangover from Tunng’s psych-folk inclinations. The record ducks expectations at the fragile history of Icelandic pop and goes full in for an update on 80’s touches with a more well rounded production than many mainstays of the neon pop era.

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