These indie Danes caught us off guard last year with their revved-up, scrappy Skeleton, a dark horse pop record with a weird yet infectious amalgamation of 90s alternative and classic rock. This disc furthers that musical coupling, but it's more tripped-out and druggy, a looser version of the songwriting that gave Skeleton its immediate punch.
Half Awake, Half Aware's psychedelic style and harpsichord keys bounce midtempo as singer Christian Hjelm's hair-raising falsetto wavers in and out - a vocal trick he pushes to its limit on the slow-burning Beach Boys tribute The Air We Breathe. While there are enjoyably manic moments on Bee Dee and the bright single Hey Girl, WTDWB is unnecessarily complicated and moody overall, and often feels like it's just drifting by. In other words, this is an album Figurines probably just needed to get out of their system.