Young Ejecta

The Planet

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Thanks to a cease-and-desist order from a similarly named DJ, Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber had to change the name of their electropop project Ejecta shortly after the release of their debut album, Dominae. Now known as Young Ejecta, their first work under their new name suggests that the change was more than superficial. These delicate, elastic songs pair wide-eyed sentiments with music that's considerably more sophisticated, a combination that sets the duo apart from many other synth pop purveyors (including some of Macomber and Ford's other projects). Where Dominae was head-bobbing and stylish, The Planet is insular and complex, reflecting the more organic feel of the duo's collaboration. The vulnerability in Macomber's vocals has only grown over the years, and she delivers nuances on songs like the cheery "Welcome to Love" and the wiser but not necessarily sadder finale "What You Done" that imply that this hopeful outlook wasn't easy to come by. Meanwhile, Ford's sleek yet playful backdrops are also more layered and varied: "Into Your Heart" builds slowly but surely, gaining speed as it nears its target, while "All Day" basks in glowing synth-bass. The most impressive moment here might be "Recluse," which takes an indirect route to pop bliss as its mood shifts from hopeful to doubtful to mournful. It's not Ford and Macomber's most obviously catchy song, but it shows just how much they've grown since Dominae. Ultimately, Young Ejecta play with intimacy and distance, loss and rebirth in such compelling ways on The Planet that it feels more like an introduction than a continuation.

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