Before I even listened to the self-titled EP Ownership by Ownership I had a feeling I was going to dig it. Why? Well for one they decided they would have a picture of the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, which recently discovered the Higgs Boson for their album cover. I was happy to realize that they were the type of band who is willing to have a party inside the hadron collider.
On their first track entitled “Speakeasy” they tip their hats to bands like LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip with a dance vibe that utilizes distorted funky bass and prominent drums while at the same time surrounding the music with airy, atmospheric synths that give the music a celestial quality. The vocals are good but sparse as the singer picks and chooses when he wants to sing. Even though the song is void of a catchy, discernable chorus it rides a mysterious dance wave that had me engaged.
The second song “Assistants” is a different beast. The dance worthy energetic vibe is gone for the first half of the song and is replaced with a hazy, psychedelic fog that works just as well for the group. I enjoyed the angelic overtones of ecstasy they implemented into the music. Cole Berggren delivers an inspired vocal performance. He sings; “Will You... Continue... To Let Us Suckle And Feed? Oh… Assistants With No… Assistance The Ticking Tock Of The Click And Clock Wakes Me Up As I Need To Be.” I was happily surprised by the thick, heavy beat they introduce in the last minute of the song. It got my head groovin’ to a very good groove.
“Paths” is the last song on the EP and showed that the band could create an emotional connection to the listener while making them dance. The drums keep you dancing but the cloud- like synths produce a sense of nostalgia and warmth. Berggren’s vocal performance also feels more heartfelt on this track than the previous songs. The band strives for a glorious, cinematic ending channeling comparisons to M83 as well as The War on Drugs.
This EP is a good introduction to the band. I really like what I heard and hope to hear a full-length album soon.
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