Coming off the international success of two breakthrough albums in 2011's Buffalo and 2013's ambitious double album Fandango, New Zealand indie quintet the Phoenix Foundation deliver the vibrant Give Up Your Dreams. The addition of new drummer Chris O'Connor spurred a new rhythm-dedicated approach with an emphasis on synths and bright psychedelia. Handling the production duties themselves for the first time, the band wanted to pushed their creative boundaries, freely exploring new textures and song structures. The incongruously named title track is a joyous, colorful pop track that deglamorizes life on the road. Give Up Your Dreams is the band's sixth album and third for U.K. indie Memphis Industries.
AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger