Sophomore full length for Van She on Modular. The Australian electro-pop outfit is well known around the office for their awesome cover of Daft's "Around The World" from a few years back, but on Idea Of Happiness they prove they're well adept at crafting original material of an equally jamming nature. Just skipping around the album and you'll be hard pressed not to move in your seat from the uber-catchy synth melodies and hooks that seems to be flowing in abundance on every track. The 80's synth pop influence runs deep on tracks like "Idea Of Happiness," "Jamaica," "Tears," and "Coconuts," but with a slick modern shine to the arrangement and mix. Basically throw this album on and you're immediately transported to a beach party on some remote island where the beats are tight and vibes are right. 12 tracks with free mp3 download included.
- music label: Modular 2012
reviewed by TKB 12/2012