My back hurts and my ears are still ringing from Saturday night. Yeah, shows are back and I couldn’t be happier. Yeah, I’m feeling a bit out of practice but I feel like checking out all of this new music lately has helped get me ready for new music overload and I’m feeling motivated so instead of just laying on the couch tonight like my body wants to, I’m giving in to my soul and going to dig into some new music starting with Pretty Little Thieves’ EP, ‘Half’.
“I’m Your Enemy” kicks off this quick five-song EP and instantly whisked me back to a dingy dive bar venue in all of the right ways. There’s a sense of warmth in this track along with an undeniable feeling of energy. This opening track isn’t in your face but it absolutely grabbed my attention right away and had me sucked into the world that is Pretty Little Thieves. “I’m Your Enemy” is a part dance track, part indie-pop anthem. Regardless of what genre or world you would put this song into, it’s a fun track and a great way to kick off this release.
There’s a playfulness that comes with the beginning of “God Save The King”. It’s almost a little whimsical with the tone of the guitar but, before long, an infectious bassline takes over and catapults this track back into the dancey indie-pop world of the first track while throwing a little psychedelic edge into the track. This was instantly a favorite of mine just because of this distinct blend. This song absolutely has a retro vibe due to the psychedelic influence but it doesn’t come off as dated or recycled. It’s 100% organic and 100% that of Pretty Little Thieves.
“The Death of Anton Newcombe” brings the indie-pop vibe to the forefront while giving slight nods to that psychedelic vibe felt in “God Save The King”. The tempo is a tad bit slower in this one giving you a chance to feel the weight of the lyrics of this band. They are really quite genius and deep for how infectious and dancey some of these tracks come off as. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know this is something that will get me every time. Although this is a slower track, there’s still that dancey aspect to the drumbeat and swirling guitars that keep the energy high but the words really show you a depth of this band that can not be ignored.
The more upbeat vibe of the opening tracks comes back into play for “More” and then some. There’s an almost 90’s vibe to this track that I instantly fell in love with. Although the tempo is definitely a bit more rushed than in “The Death of Anton Newcombe”, there’s still a sense of tenderness around the lyrics which I could not get enough of in this track. There’s also a shift in that psychedelic vibe to something a bit more modern like The Strokes. It’s still retro but just in a different way. It made it feel like I was listening to musicians that had been around the block and I think that just added a side to this album that I wasn’t quite expecting but was more than thankful to have gotten.
As I could have guessed at the beginning of the journey that is ‘Half’, the ending track came up way too soon and I found myself mourning the end of this EP as “Where’d You Go?” took over my house but that mourning didn’t last long. Pretty Little Thieves made sure to end this EP on a high note with this super fun and infectious track. It really helped end this album in the same fashion that it started– a whole lot of energy, a whole lot of fun, and an undeniable sense of attitude that comes with their distinct sound. This is a short listen but it is oh so worth every second.
My Favorite Track(s): “God Save The King”
For Fans Of: Retro Vibes; Dancing; Hints of Psychedelia
Dance-Ability: 9 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept behind mel; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7.3 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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