California has been good to Brooklyn transplants Chris Punsalan and Autumn Proemm. Punsalan has always had a way with dreamy pop melodies, something that anybody who listened to his former band, The IOs, remembers well. And their latest act, the synth-heavy Wishboat, is blessed with the same foundation, the same kind of Matthew Caws circa 'Let Go'-type arrangements, the same flare for happy drama. We're talking a soundtrack for roller rinks and beach bashes with Pacifico beer and kids acting Cali carefree -- all sprinkled with some serious, significant moments, of course (there's lots here for fans for Youth Group or Death Cab). Now that they're down to a duo, Proemm has become a women in full, taking the vocal lead on songs like 'Easy Pickings' and 'Push Me Push Back' (which almost sounds like a Rainer Maria ballad) and the swish-swish that is 'Late Bird Special (Shabu Shabu).' Near the beginning of 'Easy Pickings,' when she sings: 'Don't need nothing from no one,' there's a sense of independence to spare. But on 'In Your Mind Your Mind,' when Proemm's soft, sweet voice joins Punsalan's and they realize that 'Everything is different Now,' it's so obvious that she completes him. - Andy Wang.