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Reviewed by Joel Thomas

Same Name Confusion: Self-titled

Reviewed by Joel Thomas

Same Name Confusion: Self-titled

Same Name Confusion’s self-titled album is chimey and gleeful indie pop that draws from soulful rhythms and progressions. The instrumentals are tasty, the harmonies charming, and the guitar solos very sweet. Their sound reminds of jangle pop bands like Orange Juice and Auckland’s Polyester. The album is ostensibly performed, recorded and mixed by the elusive Luke – no last names provided -and Andrej Radosavljevic. We do know that the mastering by Spiderhands Productions’ Logan Ellis adds a good chunk of colour to the tunes. The mixing indicates a shyness surrounding lyrics/vocals, but a well-deserved confidence towards instrumentation. Like a good hotel on an island resort the guitars tones are clean and luxurious. The drums hold down a solid spine for seemingly drifty breakdowns, and the bass gently paddles the songs along. Keys and synths drive some but are usually thrown in to accent chords or add another layer to cleverly arranged melodies. The lyrics tend to ponder on personal relationships, but the writing is cautious not to get too introspective and emotional. This could be a good thing, the last thing you want when dancing to guitar pop is to break down in tears, but there is definitely room to delve deeper into honesty. ‘Same Name Confusion’ is a fun but solid introduction by a Christchurch duo displaying a strong level of musical intelligence, a laudable design ethos, and a penchant for killer hooks.