Walker Kong, There Goes the Sun

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

A sonic heir to the late-'80s New Zealand kiwi-pop movement, Minneapolis 'Walker Kong make hazy pop for humid afternoons. They have the same awkward charm and shambling glory of antipodean bands like the Clean and the Bats, building songs around loose, conversational melodies and ragtag instrumentation. "Viva Homosapiens," with its dry country strum and wheezing accordion sounds as if it's epoxied together, and even upbeat numbers like "Your Lovely Metropolis" feel dangerously wobbly. That they can manage this without sounding precocious or slight is one of their greatest strengths.