Album review: Males

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Last updated 05:00 01/12/2013
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MALES Run Run Run/Males Males Males (Fishrider).

Guitar pop from Dunedin? I know what you're thinking, but the relevant label starting with "F" is not Flying Nun but Fishrider, a teensy Dunedin independent with an admirable dedication to what they call "literate melodic underground psych-pop".

This double EP gathers nine effortlessly hummable power-pop gems, including golden early single So High and future summer anthem Lucky Too.

Singer/guitarist Richard Ley-Hamilton's secret weapons are his chiming, precision-tooled riffs and a joyous falsetto, which are just the job over Sam Valentine's propulsive basslines and the economical pounding of drummer Ben Madden, who's since been replaced by a new tub-thumper named "Pipsy".

Great things are expected.

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