Instrumentalists Wouter, Niek, and Richard give the EP’s five cuts some cleanly produced drum machines, an array of synths, and delicate guitar stylings; while singer Doortje has vocals that occupy the same space as Madeline Priest from the pseudo-eponymous Florida duo.
Previously released single “Keep It Together” is a medium-paced thing of beauty. It has the memorable melodies and angelic constitution of Electric Youth’s best work, over which the group’s female chanteuse sings about resilience in the face of a dissolving, or perhaps wholly dissolved, relationship.
The chorus has crystalline synth riffs and stabs that achieve pretty well the feeling of trying to keep it together in the face of disappointment, soul-crushing loss, and uncertainty.
“Hold On to Let Go” appears to take on the concept of trying to embrace someone or some concept a few more times before letting it go free. Or maybe it’s the false promise of togetherness in the face of clear dissolution. I’m not sure. What I do know is that the song has a firm and bouncy backbeat, some rough-edged arpeggiations, and some soaring melodies.
“Run” has the syncopated dark disco sentiment of songs like Pr0files’ “Like a Knife,” Priest’s “When the Strings Are Gone,” or Chromatics’ “Lady.” The backbeat’s gliding strut enraptures the listener while soothing synth pads and vocals encompass the listener with a pronounced sentiment of resilience.
Basically, “Run” is a good time. The whole record is a damn good time. And that’s exactly what we need right now.