Hailing from Rochester, NY, Low Flying Planes describe their music as “energetic pop rock as an outlet for stress at work and school.” I would have to agree with this statement but it’s a certain type of release. The first kind you might think is ambient, atmospheric with warm tones that instill feelings of tranquility and relaxation. That’s not the type of music Low Flying Planes make. Their music is intense. It’s the type you put on your MP3 player before going for a long run or lifting weights.
On their recent EP Paper Hearts the band indulges in their own brand of pop/rock alternative music that is hard to ignore. You probably won’t put this music on during a dinner party if you want much conversation but if you are participating in a game of flippy-cup, it might work.
One of the most appealing aspects of the music is that there are two lead vocalists. Singers Devin Aldrich and Jenna Owens provide an engaging ying and yang making the music more dynamic and versatile. I can’t say I prefer one or the other but I do think they work well together especially when they split vocal duties on the same song.
They open with power pop ballad entitled “Push Me Around” that comes right out of the gate with unbridled energy. Owens delivers confident, powerful vocals. She belts it out with authority. As much as I liked her performance don't overlook the technically impressive drumming that drives the song.
The second track “Breakdown” opens with cascading synths, power chords, drums, bass and a fast BPM. This time around Aldrich and Owens split vocal duties. Rather than splitting lines they both handle a verse and combine voices during the chorus. As the EP progresses you get a couple of more solid songs before getting the only real breather, which is the closer “Something To Do With Me and You.”
Paper Hearts is a solid EP. Not every song had me but overall it was an enjoyable listen. The music is commercially accessible and should resonate with a large demographic.
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