Melted Toys | Melted Toys (Underwater Peoples)

Melted-Toys 75The instrumentation was what kept me coming back, but the vocals are going to turn away a lot of new listeners.

I do my best to avoid the word “refreshing” when referring to music. Music is an art and not a soda pop. Yet that’s really the best word to use when talking about Melted Toys’ first full-length release. It’s chill, it’s groovy, it’s great.

Every track sounds similar to the band’s first EP. They didn’t need to change much from their strange blend of psychedelic-pop tunes, but there’s a definite cohesion here that their first EP didn’t have. The band even re-recorded their song “Come On” from that EP, and it’s one of the highlights of the new album.

Strong melodies keep everything moving and memorable on this record, and that’s all the band really needs to keep me hooked. “Bummed Out” jams really well for how laid-back it is and has some infectious chord progressions. Yet one problem sticks out in every track. The vocals are thorns in the side of this band. Not because they’re bad or annoying. I just have no idea what he’s saying. I’ve tried deciphering it and it all just sounds like slurred humming. The instrumentation was what kept me coming back, but the vocals are going to turn away a lot of new listeners.

I really enjoyed what this album offered. It plays it safe in what it attempts and accomplishes, but ultimately makes for a great piece of music to relax to. This is going to be the anthem to somebody’s summer. B+ | Alex Wilking

Standout Tracks – “Bummed Out,” “Citrus Honeymoon”

RIYL – This Town Needs Guns, Tamaryn

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