I made the mistake of laying down for a couple of minutes after work. I’ve been dragging ever since. I need to snap out of this because I still have a million things to do tonight before I can even entertain the idea of going to bed. The first time I heard “xoxo” by Disco Shrine, it gave me a sense of energy and self-confidence that was beyond perfect, and honestly, that’s just what I need tonight so let’s dig into her new EP, ‘xoxo, disco’.
“Future Memories” kicks this quick EP off with a heavy synth sound before Disco Shrine’s beautiful voice comes in with her all too real lyrics. Although this entire EP chronicles a 20-something’s dating life in Los Angeles, I feel like it can be applied to so many other situations, and this opening track is a perfect example of that. Even though the lyrics are a bit sad when you really dig into them, there’s this undeniable attitude that comes across through the vocals that I just can’t get enough of. Add the infectious beat to this attitude and I was left with exactly what I was looking for tonight.
As soon as the second track took over my speakers, I recognized it as that fateful track I heard a little bit ago. The attitude felt in “Future Memories” is magnified for “xoxo” in the best way possible and the dance beat is also magnified. It’s the kind of track that makes you move to the beat with a smirk on your face. I’ve been on an Ashnikko kick lately (if you don’t know who that is- I highly suggest checking her out) and that’s the kind of vibe I get from this track but it’s just a little bit more subdued and poppy.
“Closer” seems to replace some of the attitude with something a bit more sensual while not losing the beautiful edge that Disco Shrine brings to her music. The beat is a little more straightforward and prominent making this track fly by. Although not my favorite track on this album, I get how it has a place on this EP and I feel like it helps tell the story that this EP is trying to tell as a whole. Before I knew it, “Power” had replaced “Closer” with a vibe that seemed to split the difference between the previous tracks in the best way possible. There’s a little Snow Tha Product styled swagger on this track that is absolutely and, although a completely different style than the previous tracks, I love what this song brings to the album.
Second to last on this EP is “Hello”. This track is silky smooth even though it still has attitude in it. You know when you hear a track and it just makes you feel sexy and smooth (even though you may be ridiculously far from that in real life)? That’s what this track gave me and I loved that feeling and I was super excited as that vibe continued into the final track, “Day Drinking”. “Day Drinking” ends this seventeen-minute EP with a sharp tongue and the attitude that made me fall in love with Disco Shrine upon my first listen. It’s a fairly carefree feeling track with a loose beat that really ends the story that this EP tells.
It’s hard to tell a story in a single album let alone an EP that lasts under twenty minutes but Disco Shrine nails it and the story is one that I think a lot of people can relate to. This was just what I needed tonight.
My Favorite Track(s): “xoxo”
For Fans Of: Attitude; Self-Confidence; Dancing By Yourself
Dance-ability: 8 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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