Sally is taken from the perspective of a lovelorn girl. Or at least for this Brooklyn-Queens based band, that consists of Kristen Gudsnuk (lead vocals, glockenspiel, melodica, and tambourine), Jordan Cooper (guitar, accordion, back-up vocals) and Will Kastner (drums and percussion. Sally’s EP We Are In A Car, details the lifelong assumptions of past relationships. To driving with your crush and you don’t want to say anything in case a car crash ensues. We’ve all had those fluttering stomach moments with its pop oriented melancholy. What I liked most was how Jordan Cooper exactly described what the six-song EP should feel like – as if you had just watched a movie or in another respect that book that somehow captured the ways we tend to torture ourselves when it involves others. Crushes, loves and foremost heartbreak, that hard conclusion is allowing ourselves to move on. “Friends and Foes” shows the more attuned side to constructing a valuable anthem. Bands nowadays don’t necessarily have the gusto to attempt a drum pounding, three-chord guitar extravaganza. Plus it’s been a while since college rock has made a bit of a comeback since the prevalence of all the dance music.
The album opens with the infectious "We Are In A Car" which is just about as perfect of a summer song you could ask for. The vocals melodies draw you in almost immediately as they sound recognizable, attractive, and unpretenious. Either way I was hooked after my first listen. They obviously know their sound as the next song is entitled "Summer Song" utilizes clean guitar with simple yet highly effective chord structures. The songs on this EP never arch the 3 minute mark which is absolutely appropriate for the type of music. With that there isn't a dud on the album.
The story about Sally is a pretty intriguing one, while Jordan technically wrote majority of the songs for a solo project, he felt that they more or less symbolized and would work better with Sally. So if you are into stories, concepts and the individuality of appreciating the thought process that went into making this EP, then by all means give We Are In A Car a shot. And plus who doesn't appreciate the use of multi-instrumentalists.
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