We've all been there; you're at a party and someone asks you 'who's your favourite Hungarian lo-fi indie band then?'. Whilst I admit that I've never actually been asked such a question, after listening to Zombie Girlfriend, I can safely say I now have an answer.

Novelty aside, there are some great songs on the album. Running along the motif of dreamy reverb-drenched garage pop songs, the album is full of lush euphoric instrumentation and witty, Stephin Merritt-esque vocal sensibilities. Forgiving the vaguely condescending tone, I am surprised at how polished and original Zombie Girlfriend's music is. After all their sound is an inherently Western one, drawing on bands such as Jesus and Mary Chain and the Magnetic Fields. As a testament to itself, I quickly ignored the fact that I was listening to a band from a small Hungarian town and was instead drawn to the sunshine-pop melodies and driving fuzzy instrumentation.

vAs can often be the case with Lo-Fi music, the album as a whole became repetitive and formulaic - there is after all only so many reverb-drenched songs you can listen to in one sitting. Whilst the subtleties of tempo variation, harmony and instrumentation sets the album apart from other lo-fi dream pop bands, they can also often obscured by the similar textures used.

For good or bad, I can wholeheartedly say that Zombie Girlfriend are my favourite Hungarian band. Whether this says more for the band or the music scene in Hungary I'm not sure, but I can honestly say that the Great Plain would be a great album regardless of where it was made.

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