Backnbloom's debut EP Let It Go may have been born out of a cramped LA apartment, listening to arguments and petty crime outside their window, but you'd never know it from the music, which seems to glide on a cushion of air, or maybe one of those ice slides Ice Man uses.
These beats are chilled, man, but there's heat and meat and blood and marrow, too, mainly in Lori Steele's vocals, but also passionate strings, and pinned together with sturdy beats, presented with a big room club sensibility. Backnbloom describe their sound as "Infectious Sonic Candy" flaunting a sleek mix of eclectic, electrifying synths and beats with deep melodic layering. I'll go along with all of that. They're as good at writing about their own music as they are making it.
The EP opens with "Chasing" which revolves around multiple synths, percussion and plenty of space. Steele's vocals are infectious and pure ear candy. She sings "Disconnected from the nest Pity, pity you crave Snuggled up in your dirtiness You’d rather die than change."
The production techniques are top notch on the next track "Wasting Time" and contains just as much bubbly pop goodness as the first song. Out of the four songs "Let it Go" is the arguable highlight. The sounds and textures are irresistible fun and only the most jaded of hipsters would dismiss the exuberant appeal.
The closest sonic touchstone would be The Postal Service and Jimmy Tamborello's solo project, DNTEL, having a similar blend of indie pop emotiveness built over a club music foundation with avant-garde post-production special FX ping-ponging around the margins. That being said a group like The Chromatics are also a group you can draw comparisons to,
Backnbloom have recently signed with a manager and I expect we'll all be hearing a lot about this pair in the near future.
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