Moonbabies, the Swedish husband and wife duo Carina Johansson Frick and Ola Frick, needed a chance to recollect themselves after the success of of their sophomore album, The Orange Billboard in 2004 and their "mini album," War On Sound. After a living stint in Berlin, the disillusioned couple moved back to Sweden. Taking what they learned from the German electronic scene they created an album that differed from their previous work:
Opener "Pink Heart Mother" is full of melodic, electro indie-pop. It is the most standard, upbeat song on the album with closer "The Ocean Kill" as a close second. Wizards on the Beach is a great blend of slightly playful (think Feels-era Animal Collective) and compositions that show Mooonbabies are serious about the music they write, like the dreamy, "Bird Lay Frue." Then the album bounces right into the jaunty "Playground Dropouts" which plays like a carefully constructed sampled mix; something Monster Rally would be into. The back and forth between experimentation and straightforward melodies on songs like "24" give the album a nice push and pull.
The album gets repetitive at points and seems to fly by, even though many of the tracks are five minutes or longer. While the hazy effects and looped lines are trademarks of the LP, the listener can become disengaged at times.
Don't let this keep you away. Moonbabies have produced a very smart and heavily melodic album with Wizards on the Beach. They utilize electronics without making them the focal point, and have found a balance and fresh spirit with this new LP.
Standout Tracks: 'Pink Heart Mother', 'Play Ground Dropouts', '24'.
Album Release Party:5/08/ 2025- Babel Malmö - Malmö, Sweden