The album is colourful and joyous without being tacky or irritating; a rarity in a world that is pre-occupied with the kind of ‘feel-good’ music that makes one’s stomach churn and head spin. Theme Park operate with much more subtlety, offering clicky, funky, melodious tracks, that give you the kind of wiggle-on that is decidedly pleasant, not forced.
I want to say that this band has a retro feel (Talking Heads?), but from which era I can’t quite put my finger on. After vibes that resonate of a funk-rock 80s sound throughout the first few tracks of the album, track five, Tonight brings us slightly closer to the present. This track plays homage to high pitched vocals, whilst a summery groove rolls throughout, taking one back the summer of ’94 when the sound of Jamiroquai formed backdrop to blue skies and barbeques.
Later in the album tones deepen and I can’t help but be reminded of Mystery Jets with the rich, somewhat vintage-feeling vocals in Wax. Despite hints of other artists, however, Theme Park remain largely unique, arriving on the scene as a pleasant surprise and a definite pre-cursor for the summer. Instrumentals that are often tropical and always upbeat set this album up to wash over parks and beaches under hot rays of sunshine in 2013. What a lovely, if temporary, break from this dismal February - for that I thank them!