Brian Bonz and the Dot Hongs – From Sumi To Japan

August 6, 2009

brianbonzFor their debut LP, Brooklyn based band Brian Bonz and the Dot Hongs have made a set of music that’s part pop by way of bands like Split Enz and Death Cab For Cutie, one part ornate chamber and psychedelic pop by way of Aimee Mann and Jon Brion, and one part 80’s synthpop. Throw in some strings, the occasional banjo and some other esoteric instrumentation and you have a good sense of the music on From Sumi To Japan. There’s some undercooked, underdeveloped material here, and it tapers off a bit towards the end, but it’s a solid first record, filled with appealing, inventive, and intelligently made indie pop. Standout cuts: “Judy & The Alpha Queen,” “Kid Shit,” “Dee The Dinosaur” and “Seafence.”

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