Hands up. Heads down. Now groove! Fenech Soler, first formed in 2006 in the United Kingdom, has just released their first full album, and boy, is it toe-tappin’. Electropop in every sense of the word, Fenech Soler makes the kind of music you can’t help but head bob, fist pump and booty shake to.
Equal parts Michael Jackson and laser-cannons, Fenech Soler combines classic funk and pop beats with synth lines reminiscent of all that Daft Punk and MGMT have to offer. Their first track, “Battlefields,” starts things off with a throbbing dubstep bass line. The next three tracks, including their single, “Lies,” give you that sweet techno lovin’ and hit you with that timeless thump-thump-thump you’ve come to love in modern pop music.
Throughout the album, Fenech Soler’s intricate instrumentation keeps things interesting long after the average Top 40 hit would start to get old. However, electropop in general has a cookie-cutter quality that Fenech Soler can’t entirely escape from. None of the tracks ever really slow down, which makes casual listening a bit tedious. Although definitely groovin’, it remains to be seen whether Fenech Soler will stand the test of time or be swept away in the next tidal wave of synthiness.
Fenech Soler’s first album comes out swinging, there’s no doubt about it. Their obvious nod to past musical masters gives them clout with all kinds of music lovers, whether from pop, funk, house, electronica or any of those hipster-genres in between. If you can remember them a year from now and give them a listen, you’ll find their music to be just as groovy as you remember. But if you forget about them, no worries: the next big electropop band will still give you what you need.