Junica is a strong debut for New Zealand-based guitar/laptop duo, Over The Atlantic. Knee-tapping electronic beats accompany affable melodies of youthful love, breaking-up, and reuniting. Clean guitars cut to messy distortion and abet a neo-nineties English flavor that permeates the album.
<br><br> Computer percussion is no replacement for a human (and it’s not supposed to be), but, at times, the blips, clicks, and electric snare can’t support moments of high intensity. Dynamics suffer at the limits of a laptop: when crashing guitars burst into “Glass Breaks”, for instance, the percussion remains relatively static (perhaps decidedly off-balanced). These moments of restricted intentions, however, are few and far between. <br><br> The album’s packed with melodic gems, such as “Heart Land”, as well as instances of fresh innovation, such as the growling, scathing guitar-work in “France.” Overall, <em>Junica</em>’s a great start, fit for fans of Postal Service and the like. <br><br> Nice laptop love to complement the broken-hearteds’ online soul-mate searches.