Storybook escapism is pretty much the name of the game with Australia’s Jinja Safari, and nowhere is this more evident than on debut single “Peter Pan”. Nursery rhyme glockenspiels set the scene in the prelude, and when you open your eyes to take it all in, you’re flying high above chimneys and treetops, as the mundanity of everyday life melts away below. All afropop rhythms and starry-eyed guitars, it’s a bit like if Jonsi, Local Natives and The Dodos all met up in Neverland to give it all up and form their very own Animal Collective. It’s inspired unironic folk pop, and a shot of fresh air that feels like basking in early teenhood bliss. They were a bristling force of nature at the Great Escape, so choose your adventure wisely and indulge in Jinja Safari. The band make their NYC debut this week at Mercury Lounge tomorrow night and Pianos on Wednesday, so get involved and experience the magic for yourself.
MP3: “Peter Pan” – Jinja Safari