Wonderland’s latest love is tropical four-piece, Habitats. Listen here.
In a scene saturated with same-y ‘woah-oh’ choruses and chirpy chords, south coast four-piece Habitats didn’t settle for plain old ‘indie’ and get lost inthe sea. Nope – on Facebook, they have self-proclaimed their musical genre as ‘tropical’; and just as it says on the tin, their typical British indie-esque jams are peppered with exotic beats and melodies – try and box it in to one genre if you dare. We’ve been listening to their brand new album Jungles, which in its juxtaposition of sounds is like mentally going to The Cotswolds via Polynesia.
The energetic and imaginative group have made a name for themselves in the capital, regularly playing at cult London haunts like The Shacklewell Arms and The Old Blue Last, as well as a slew of muddy festival dates during the summer, gaining a steady momentum of hype, pre-release early this year. Far from their humble beginnings in Hampshire, the quartet’s latest work was recorded in Hudson Studios, New York (where the likes of The Charlatans and Tokyo Police Club were also penned down), marking the start of a global takeover. Maybe 2016 will see them glamming it up at Coachella this year, instead of wading through a quagmire of tents at the British music festivals…
The Jungles EP is out now via Decibel Collective: listen in for a solid indie-pop base with lively, tropical grooves. If you like Foals and Friendly Fires, this has been made for you; if you’re desperately longing for some winter sun, this has been made for you. It is the kind of music you play whilst enduring a miserable English February which will get you over that last hurdle, before Spring hits.
Words: Lizzy Nicholson