Little Lungs is a four-piece band based out of Baltimore, MD. The band is composed of Leena Rhodes (vocals/guitar), Ethan Salem (guitar), Jordan Mercer (bass) and Erik Schwarzenberg (drums). They just released a five-song EP entitled Better in Blue.
I feel like melancholia, anxiety and depression is one of the most prevalent themes within music. On this release the band has their own take on this pattern of energy. They explain the EP revolves around the act of romanticizing sadness because you believe happiness lacks the same emotional depth.
They start off with “Act Your Age” and this is what you call a dynamic rock song. The band also has no problem showcasing melodic passages as well. It’s a catchy song that’s inviting and was memorable on first listen. The vocals are very well delivered on this song.
Next up is “Better In Blue” and they knock it out of the park with this song. I loved the guitar fills when the song opens up. Similar to the previous song, the song is inviting and infectious. The dueling guitars continue to impress and sound symbiotic.
“Overgrown” is warm and perhaps a little more subdued. The lush qualities of the song give it a shoegaze type quality. I was again attracted to the guitar work but the whole band is on point. There’s a very cool transition that happens a little after the one-minute mark which takes the energy up a couple of notches.
“Featherweight” continues to reinforce the band's sound. There are some really well done changes in terms of the BPM. The band Beach House came to mind. Last up is “Keep Me Occupied” which ends on an upbeat note and is arguably the most rocking song.
The band sounds great. They have developed their sound to the point where they sound distinct and unique but also undeniably an indie rock band. Recommended.
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