Album: Youngblood Hawke, Wake Up (Universal/Island)

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The Independent Culture

Reviving the super-optimistic music of the 1980s has usually been the province of marginal indie types (Passion Pit), novelty oddballs (Maarty Broekman) or both (Andrew WK).

Now Youngblood Hawke are having a crack at taking it overground, but this time it looks like working. Their music's used in a Coca-Cola ad and, aptly, feels exactly like necking a can of the brown stuff: a rapid sugar rush, followed by a gradual crash.