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  • Band members: Adam Page, Dave Larson, Joel Flyger
  • Summary: The second full-length release for the London-based New Zealand trio was produced by Thomas Healy.
  • Record Label: Carpark Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Far lighter than their grungey 2013 debut, 'Antipodes', it's pitched between the blissed-out guitar of Splashh and the idiosyncratic pop approach of fellow Kiwi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
  2. May 29, 2014
    It’s difficult to avoid making repeated comparisons to Antipodes, but despite the differences in the sounds between the two LPs, the quality and strength of them is the same.
  3. May 29, 2014
    Even at its bleakest, Fortuna reveals more colors and emotions at the band's disposal than Antipodes did, and its unsettled songs become oddly comforting and endearing with repeated listening.
  4. May 29, 2014
    For the most part, Fortuna projects a confidence and self-belief that wasn’t all that perceptible on the rough-hewn Antipodes.
  5. May 29, 2014
    There’s an ambition to the sound of Fortuna that works, and it mirrors the confusion of the emotions nicely. It also signals an interesting shift for a band we’re just getting to know. But some of these songs try too hard to be the big, dramatic, hologram-on-the-wall Wizard when they sound just fine as the man behind the curtain.
  6. May 29, 2014
    Replicating the 60s psych sound is something that is often tried but rarely successful, yet this Kiwi trio suit these influences that they so obviously wear on their sleeves.
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