Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Released: May 2009
Mozart? Not quite. More kitschy reference than homage, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has an air of sleek sophistication steeped in summery French electro-pop that's still as edgy as any hipster band out of Brooklyn. Mid-album, the band nods to fellow Frenchmen Air and M83 on "Fences" and the "Love Like a Sunset" couplet, which flickers with the feel of an electrical storm. But it's tracks "Lisztomania," "1901" and "Girlfriend" that sizzle like Pop Rocks on the tongue, with snappy guitar and synths that purr alongside Thomas Mars' cool coos.