Generationals | Lucky Numbers EP (s/r)

generationals luckyGenerationals manipulate traditionally mundane pop sounds with that of apathetic vocals and gritty guitars.

 

In late 2009, I first heard about a band from New Orleans that had put out a pretty strong pop record. Fast forward to 2012, and they are now following up their second full length, which was released in spring of last year, with the EP Lucky Numbers. Although the EP is just three short tracks, it is a nice update to the catalog that will lead into Generationals’ next full length.

Reading about how the group recorded their latest release seemingly took more time than actually listening to the records. The press release informed me of the recording process, the overall feel of the EP, and the direction that the group sees themselves going.

Starting out with the track “Hazel House,” you are immediately immersed in keys reminiscent of the ’80s and a leading bass line. I would have written off a track like this one with most bands in the first few seconds, but given my history with the group I knew that they were able to manipulate traditionally mundane pop sounds with that of apathetic vocals and gritty guitars. As the track builds, keeping the standard back beat of the bass, the vocals really take over, leaving everything else in the background, with the exception of the beautifully crafted guitar riffs in between verses. The guitar is the reason I love this track. Think My Bloody Valentine mixed with Mates of State and somehow it works: simple track, basic instrumentation, but a solid song.

“Lucky Numbers” is the title track of the EP and it has a very similar sound. Again, keys are the primary instrumentation, mainly synthesizers. The appeal is still there though, somehow. It keeps your toes tapping and is just a solid pop number that would appeal to most people.

Rounding out the EP is “Sale City,” which I believe to be its weakest track. Crashing symbols over synths open the song, and then disappear to a strong bass line and percussion—and then it repeats. The vocalization seems to give the impression that this is Generationals’ “we may be pop-indie, but we are also tough” track. I don’t buy it, and it sounds more suited for a videogame than for this EP.

Overall, for a three-track release, Lucky Numbers is actually pretty strong. It is worth a listen; sure, you can find most of the tracks streaming online, so you are welcome to try it out before you buy—but for the price of digital music these days, this is not a bad purchase at all. B | Alex Hodschayan

RIYL: Mates of State, Eames Era, Soft Swells

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