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Wonderwheel – Safe and Sorry (Rainbow Quartz)

16 August 2009

WONDERWHEEL is a collaboration between Norwegian singer/songwriters ULF RISNES and ØYVIND HOLM, the latter a mainstay of the DIPSOMANIACS and DELETED WAVEFORM GATHERINGS. Safe and Sorry is richly crafted pop rock, based around strummed acoustic guitars and close duo harmonies fleshed out with tasteful rhythm accompaniment. The pair sings together as if born to, taking an obvious joy in the interplay of their sweet ‘n’ sour chemistry. Supporting songs as finely tuneful as “Satellite,” “What a Joy” and “The Day I Fell to Earth,” Holm and Risnes harmonize like the HOLLIES distilled to two people, with irresistible results. Falling somewhere between the REMBRANDTS and the PETER HOLSAPPLE & CHRIS STAMEY records, Wonderwheel makes effortlessly enjoyable pop.


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