Published Mar 20, 2018Following their debut self-titled album in 2017, Bonny Doon are back with Longwave and the laidback and existential undertone of this album is intimate and emotional. Their nonchalant vibe can often overlook the emotional discourse on each track, however, when you listen closely, Longwave is heavy-hearted and sympathetic.
On "Saved," Bobby Colombo wistfully sings "I was helpless but hopeful / waiting to be saved / I was humbled and broken laying in my grave," followed by distorted guitar riffs and sluggish drumming, this track apprehensively uncovers salvation. Their single "I Am Here (I Am Alive)" Bill Lennox confesses feelings of anxiety and longing for a place in the world as he sings, "I feel like I'm wasting time / just want to be where I'm going." At some point and time, these are themes we can relate too. "Where Do You Go" seems to convey pensiveness through heavily echoed vocals reminiscent of John Maus, as Lennox coos "Where do you go at night when you're dreamin'?"
Longwave channels the low-key indie pop sound of (Sandy) Alex G and Frankie Cosmos. Bonny Doon have proven their ability to transform their complex songwriting and vivid melodies into experiences that resemble those long hours of elusive conversations we crave. (Woodsist)