Fonda’s third LP, Catching Up to the Future, is typical shoegazer music with fuzzed out guitars, male and female vocal harmonies, and a gushy, pop sensibility. Emily Cook and David Klotz merge their chipmunk-like vocals to blend in with the complex melodies and create a fusion of sweet noise. The lyrics are slightly fruity with lyrics like “surrender me to the sun and to the sea” in “Surrender”, but corny lyrics are a given when one is dealing in the realm of dream-pop. Sometimes they sound like The Cardigans and other times the songs are reminiscent of Built to Spill, which brings us to the point that Fonda’s Catching Up to the Future is nothing special. The band obviously consists of bona fide musicians, but when it all comes together nothing is outstanding and the songs lack energy. Maybe they are more interested in their shoes then in the music they are playing.
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