Hooray! A husband and wife duo who don’t sing about how much they are in love with each other. I was privy to this even before listening to the songs. With song titles such as “Rage Quitter” and “Chaos” I had a feeling saccharine lyrics about snuggling and romantic love that would send me into a spiraling depression would not show up.
The husband (Zack Bresler) and wife (Maggie Bresler) duo go by Pretty Compatible and their five-song EP is entitled DND. It’s an eclectic batch of tunes ranging from rock to synth pop and some other places. They don’t establish much of a signature sound but do successfully pull off what they attempt.
Up first is “Shame” which is made up of distorted guitar that leaves shards of white noise, light, airy synths and consistent drum beat. Maggie Bresler handles vocal duties. I liked her style but felt her vocals hid behind the music. It’s a subjective opinion and being an engineer myself I would have brought the vocals out more. “Shame” is like an anti-love song. She sings, “‘I've got a feeling that you don't care / You’ve got me reeling - It's not fair / You keep on stealing my heart / I’ve got a feeling I'm falling apart.”
The synths on “New Day” bring a completely different feel to the EP. The guitars are gone and the atmospheric synths dominant the texture and tones of the song. Up next is “Plot Twist” which brings back the guitars into the mix. “Plot Twist”may be the highlight and I think unequivocally it has the most memorable vocal melodies. The chorus is extremely catchy. “Rage Quitter” has a Pixies-esque punk vibe while the closer “Chaos” lies somewhere between Courtney Barnett and Sleater-Kinney.
DND has its flaws but is still enjoyable from beginning to end. On top of that the money goes to a good cause. Check it out.
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