Toronto's Bunny blend rock elements with dream-pop synths in an ethereal collage of hooks and melody on their self-titled debut. It draws from its influences, most prominently channeling the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds) in its production approach and early Ween (Chocolate & Cheese) in its flair with an air of Nilsson for extra flavor. Guest vocalist Isla Craig sings on "If Only in a Dream," a beautiful dreamscape made perfect by her voice and presence. Likewise, Meighan Duffin lends her voice on ''If You Wanna Be My Boy, You Gotta Be Cool," a pop song with a quicker tempo, catchy hook and all the charm.
A welcomed addition of the lap steel adds a wah-wah twang that accentuates the graceful aesthetic of the album. Synths are emphasized on "One Less Heart," a song that gives a respectful nod to Brian Wilson's layered production style. "Face Your Own" incorporates a saxophone, complete with a solo. It's an unlikely - but perfect - addition to the tone. "Robes" has Doug Martsch-esque guitar work a la early Built To Spill.
Bunny's debut is a display of exquisite musicianship. The band roster boasts some of Canada's most revered musicians as is, but its dynamic list of guests makes it an absolute classic. The elements combined create a powerful force. Bunny makes you delve deep into its components through its soundscape . It's part upbeat dream-pop and part rock. The blend works by its refusal to stay within the confines of each style, rather choosing to meander and seduce its audience.