ALBUM REVIEW: Geowulf crafts a dazzling debut of escapist beach pop with ‘Great Big Blue’

The Australian pop darlings finally flesh out their first studio album with delightful and unexpected results

| February 18, 2018

Album Cover Courtesy of 37 Adventures

Ever since their first EP, “Relapse,” dropped last summer, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the mesmerizing pop duo of Geowulf. While “Relapse” might have teased fans of the alternative genre with the band’s signature dreamy, atmospheric sound, their highly-anticipated debut album in this month’s “Great Big Blue” managed to deliver a near-perfect introduction into the London-based dream team. While hit singles “Saltwater” and “Get You,” some of the group’s first releases, might echo throughout the album, new songs like “Sunday” and “Summer Fling” give this bold debut even more emotional weight.

Upon my first listen to “Great Big Blue,” I was instantly transported back to the summer of 2016, the summer I was properly introduced to Australia natives Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin. With the go-to single “Saltwater” bringing my mind effortlessly back to a sun-drenched journey to the beach, diving into the rest of the album, I found myself drifting back to shore, drenched in a variety of emotions after being tossed around by the waves of love and loss. With a mix of drunken nights, false love and summer flings stitching Geowulf’s vibrant debut together, we see the inklings of Star and Toma as they glide through the tribulations of an unknown world before them.

That unknown world before them contained a number of challenges, one including the band’s diverging sound. As the duo worked non-stop over the past year crafting their debut, between Sweden, Berlin, Australia and finally London, their ideals of where the album was going faced many roadblocks in the process. As Star envisioned the album with a more pristine pop sound, intermingled with her heart-breaking Lana Del Rey-like swoons, Toma held another vision, one that would shape the record into a versatile convergence of the duo’s masterfully breezy lyricism.

Through every trial, both creatively and geographically, the band faced in their long road towards finally releasing their debut to the world, Geowulf managed to inject a pretty profound meaning into their final tracklist. Kicking off the record with “Sunday,” a track that longs for the weekends by the pool, the band closes out the album with one of my favorite new singles in “Work in Progress.” While the majority of the album treats us to the odds and ends of love and the freeness of speeding down the freeway with the top down, it also teases plenty more to come from one of Australia’s top up-and-coming icons.

Geowulf is comprised of Australia natives Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin. Their first studio album “Great Big Blue,” which features their hit singles “Saltwater,” “Drink Too Much” and “Hideaway” is now available via 37 Adventures. You can read my review of their EP ‘Relapse’ here.

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Tyler Trudeau is a junior Architecture major from Raleigh, NC, who spends most of his time writing about film and TV, running in 90 degree heat, and bingeing Netflix shows. You can find more of his film criticism and editorials at his personal website below.

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Tyler Trudeau is a junior Architecture major from Raleigh, NC, who spends most of his time writing about film and TV, running in 90 degree heat, and bingeing Netflix shows. You can find more of his film criticism and editorials at his personal website below.

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