Album review: STRFKR - Jupiter

Josh Hodges reimagines and buffs up his 2009 between-album EP, now a bold, bright electro-indie record that could make a perfect stocking filler.

The predecessor to this year’s engaging Reptilians, Jupiter was written before frontman Josh Hodges’ gran passed away, and is noticeably brasher. This remixed, remastered version bumps the original’s eight tracks up to 11, creating a clutch of warm indie-electro with a pleasingly wonky, improv feel.

Their cover of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is grin-inducing, featuring something akin to kitchen pots being beaten to add to its house-party vibe.

Boy Toy is an upbeat highlight, sprinkled with iridescent notes while bouncing along, and Bed Stuy (Super Cop)’s blocky, primary-coloured synths are like an ‘80s arcade game backed by live drums.

A great record for both the indie disco and a lazy afternoon, fans of Mercury Rev and Grandaddy will find plenty to enjoy here.

3 stars