Woom makes for a darling summer fling: this duoâ€™s debut release Muuâ€™s Way rollicks daintily through playful, poppy tunes. But like that seasonal romance, the album lacks a bit of substance to make its charm linger.
Comprising Eben Portnoy and Sara Magenheimer, Woom (formerly Fertile Crescent) blends the quirks and head-bopping of noise pop with a sweet sedation. The most resonant tracks build in complexity and instruments while preserving the restrained simplicity that defines Woomâ€™s summery sound. Magenheimerâ€™s vocals evoke Deerhoofâ€™s Satomi Matsuzaki (listen to â€œThe Huntâ€ for extended parallels); Portnoyâ€™s equally breezy voice shares the stage on â€œSisterâ€ and will leave you wishing for more of these sugary-sweet duets. The clicks, claps, and whistling on the cheerful Â â€œQuetzalcoatlâ€™s Shipâ€ offers a Caribbean beachy feel, with steel drums rounding out the swaying sound–and who doesnâ€™t love steel drums?
Woom shows an intriguing potential with Muuâ€™s Way, which rests mostly on sweet simplicity, from harmonies of â€œBack Inâ€ to the emotional acoustic strumming on â€œUnder Muu.â€ Already billed with the likes of Beirut, Xiu Xiu, and Fiery Furnaces, Woom is well on its way toward a fruitful summer. A fleshed-out sound and greater emotional density can promise longevity. In the meantime, embrace the fling.