Australian trio Pnau, led by Nick Littlemore, one half of ludicrous space-pop outfit Empire of the Sun, clearly have no concept of timing. Changa, their fifth album, is a DayGlo riot of fizzing pop, squelchy disco and festival-ready anthems that practically reeks of sun cream and has for some reason been released in November. Still, the majority of the songs try their hardest to warm the soul, particularly last year’s outrageously infectious single Chameleon, the swirling psych-pop of Into the Sky and Please Forgive Me, which marries sparkly falsetto with a rave piano riff. It’s big, it’s not always clever, but Changa might actually be the perfect winter tonic.
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