We’ve had a number of years of some dark music performances. The rise of tropical influenced whatevers makes sense when you look at the saturation of the previous genre and the fact that some kids just don’t want to be bummed out all the time. There comes a shift in delivery (and not necessarily means of production) that needs to happen. So for every Skaters ur-chant we now have a Ducktails pop album.
Universal Studios Florida takes up on that, even having the most sunshine of names. Invoking laptops and guitars, the same effects pedals that a Wolf Eyes may have, just using them differently, USF brings beach to the party. Theirs is a stronger structured delivery, incorporating some psychedelic aspects without being Catholic about it.
The beats are dance heavy and there is a gloss of softness to each track. It feels like warm up music to a home dance party. Something trance like to put on while people get high. It’s not very attention grabbing, although I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy this. 5/10 -- Andrew Murdock Livingston (11 November, 2009)