The title of songsmith Nick Lowe's 1978 U.S. solo debut Pure Pop for Now People is the ideal phrase to describe the graceful synthpop crafted by Rocky O'Reilly and Shaun Robinson of Oppenheimer. The Irish duo's burbles and bloops are martini-bar minimalist, but lack the aloof coldness that description implies mostly because of their hushed, warmly processed vocals, which glow like lazy fireflies. Other obvious influences on Oppenheimer's self-titled debut include Stereolab's loopy keyboards (especially on "This Is Not a Test"), the Moog-laden exuberance of the Rentals and the Magnetic Fields if Stephin Merritt traded droll observations for wide-eyed optimism. Although the band played with the bossa-nova-inspired Mosquitos last year at Lucas School House, a coveted opening slot for They Might Be Giants should help it earn a larger audience.
Oppenheimer: Music for the (hopeful) masses.
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