December 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Populous – Night Safari

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Populous
Night Safari
Bad Panda Records
Street: 09.29
Populous = Panda Bear + Bonobo

Populous’ newest album is a long-awaited release, and damn was it worth the wait. A blend of tribal, soul, exoticism and experimentation, Night Safari is worth a listen—or 20. Its clean production and variant instrumentation all highlight Andrea Mangia’s world explorations, which took place during his six-year hiatus. The album is provocative and enticing and so very percussion heavy. “Brasilia” and “Brighton Pier” are two of the album’s highlights. Their calming ambience accented the more electro-pop tracks such as “Water Temple.” It’s a transformative but accessible album for the masses and elitists alike. –Kamryn Feigel

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