With a sound somewhere between Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service, Brian Bonz and the Dot Hongs have come out with an album of enjoyable ambient-indie. From Sumi to Japan is full of pretty songs that border on the danceable and make fantastic use of their keyboards.

Honestly, their songs are just good. Check out the vaguely reggae-inspired bridge on “Judy and the Alpha Queen,” relax to the sound of Bonz’s smooth vocals on “Seafence” or go for the more upbeat “Christa McCauliffe’s Cacophony (Reprise)” for some kick ass brass instruments.

You can tell that Bonz had a hand in shaping the sound into what it currently is, but compared to his solo acoustic work, this album has a well-rounded feel that makes the album so much more than just listenable.

Grade: A



From Sumi to Japan is currently available.