Kane Strang's first proper album, Blue Cheese, picks up on the rough disaffection of his earlier demo collection, A Pebble and a Paper Crane, which he recorded in a WWII bomb shelter in Germany. Back in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand, Strang spent two curious months alone, housesitting for his parents. Re-nested, yet still isolated, Strang composed all of Blue Cheese over those quiet days. Lead-off track The Web channels pummeling bass lines punctuated by a twinkling synth that calls upon microscopic pop principalities of restlessness (Yeah, I met someone else / Without leaving my little house / No, I havent held her yet / I met her on the internet).
Its abrupt ending parallels Strangs own disconnect.Shes Appealing weaves Day-Glo guitar motifs into distant, detached 80s garage pop vocals. Never Kissed a Blonde is driven by a slapping delay on both vocals and guitar. Strangs path toward a melody is always surprising, and he never misses a hit-on-the-head-obvious-in-retrospect memorable line.Strang amassed a band and has started playing his distinct psych-pop live.
Singer-songwriter Kane Strang is from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the echoes of that city's musical heritage (The Chills, The Clean, The Verlaines) can be heard in his breezy, bouncy guitar pop. He's not regurgitating the past, though, and he's carved out his own sound already despite being a very new artist. - Brooklyn Vegan