Moonbabies

We're Layabouts

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Expanding upon the electronic and indie pop textures of their debut, this five-song EP shows Moonbabies following an altogether more ambitious pop muse. The title track, taken from the aforementioned June and Novas, serves as a reminder of the dreamy and driving sounds already perfected, rife with haunting melodies and agitated guitar eruptions. "Blue," dated to 1995, strongly recalls the Velvet Underground for its stark shimmering pensiveness and similarly fits with their previous body of work. The following instrumental tracks, however, point towards a more sophisticated electronic pop aesthetic, with the drum loops and backwards guitar lines of "Cherry Blossoms" and the processed beats and open, tinkling synths of "Olympian Heights" presenting an artistry that is transitioning them into something much more than the standard indie pop band. Finishing up with "Happy When Smile," the old and new strains are tied together seamlessly, with strong pop melodies married to electronic beats and the occasional Carina Johansson's vocal loop.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:20
2
2:25
3
3:01
4
3:58
5
5:19
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