I need to find the motivation to get back to work after the quick nap I took. I know I need some new music to help jumpstart my brain right now but don’t have time for a full album playthrough right now. Thankfully, The Genes had sent me a copy of their new EP ‘2 Minute Guitar Ballads which is, well, three- 2(ish) minute tracks. This is the perfect listen for me right now so let’s take a listen!

“Backstreets” kicks this super quick EP off with a dreamy and almost atmospheric sense of power. The vocals that come in on this opening track are part dream-pop, part highly energetic creating a super cool feeling that is a bit all over the place. The recording quality, although a little bit fuzzier than I tend to go for, also adds to the whole ambiance of this opening track. The movement throughout this track is not as predictable as I expected. Although there’s definitely a flow to the track, there’s a sense of choppiness that comes with it that is actually quite genius and truly shows the evolution of The Genes music and sound all within one singular track.

Sandwiched between the first and last track is the gorgeous song, “Archer”. Although still that fuzzy recording quality of “Backstreets”, this song has a more traditional song structure to it when compared to the opening song and there’s just a little bit more power in everything else. There’s something about the cover of this track that relates so perfectly to the cover art. I see a sense of defeat and wonderment in the cover on the album and that’s the mood and vibe that I got from this track. All in all, this is another stunning showing of the power and raw talent of The Genes and was absolutely my favorite track out of the three.

“Story” ends this EP all too abruptly for my personal preference but that’s only because I wanted so much more from The Genes as I was left in silence. I found myself completely captivated by the words in this final track and realized that, although a lyrics lady, this was the first time I really honed into them. It’s not that instrumentation became any less interesting but more the vocals just stood out a hair bit more on this track giving my ears a chance to catch them. Another thing that reigns supreme throughout this EP is the passion in said vocals and, again, that just comes to the spotlight so effortlessly on this final track.

Dear The Genes, three songs is just not enough for me. Please put out more as soon as possible! Love- your newest fan!

My Favorite Track(s): “Archer”

For Fans Of: Atmospheric Energy; Dream Pop With Fuzzy Sensibilities

Mosh-ability: 1 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept right in front of the front door; Autumn screamed from the kitchen for dinner

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 6.8 out of 10

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