There really are a ton of really exciting things happening in the New Jersey music scene. There are so many great bands and labels doing so many kick ass things, and now the scene has gotten even more crowded. MOTO Records has popped up in Asbury Park as part of the Artist Program of the Lakehouse Music Academy. But despite a roster of such young musicians, make no mistake that these kids are for real. Case in point, Sonic Blume, fresh off the release of their debut, self-titled EP.
Sonic Blume features a dream pop sound that keeps the listener suspended between dreams and nightmares. “Is It Getting Better” reverberates through the void in spaces of tonal dissonance as the question rings out, “is it getting better?” “Do Anything” has a more serene vibe and a dancier beat that beckons back to 80’s post punk, even though The Smiths probably came out 20 years before any of these dudes were even born. Music started before OK, Computer, kid.
The rise and fall of the mood conveyed through the songwriting is this EP’s greatest strength. The flowing trances and choruses like echo chambers always remain kinematic due to the varying of song structure and the variety of themes between tracks. While “First Night” is upbeat and bright and makes me want to break out my famous two-step, “Going Home” is a song that is only properly listened to face down in your bed with the covers pulled up over your head.
Sonic Blume’s talents has got them recognized and they will be playing at Starland Ballroom on February 3, opening up for Work in Progress, a project of Gaten Matarazzo, better known as Dustin from Stranger Things. The show is undoubtedly a big step for a promising young band with many more big shows ahead of them. So, get in ahead of the crowd and check out Sonic Blume’s debut EP and performance with Work in Progress so you can be the guy who liked them before it was cool.
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