EP Review: Worry Party's 'Souvenirs'
Following the release of their 2018 singles 'Beach Blood' and 'Traveller', Worry Party have released their debut EP titled 'Souvenirs'...
The EP explores the depths of the glazed indie pop genre through the interesting soundscapes of synthesizers, drum machines and celestial instrumentals.
The result is a very soft and careful collection of songs which leave 'Souvenirs' with an overall weary and melancholy tone.
The first track is 'Traveller' which kicks off the EP with very soft guitar plucks that soothe in the introduction of the vocals, which are tuned heavily to give a robotic, distant effect.
'Traveller' is a concoction of lots of different sound effects and percussion licks, layered on top of each other which gives its composition a complex nature and makes it all the more impressive to hear.
Worry Party seem to have a fine tuned their craft when it comes to production as 'Traveller' is really a hybrid of a lot of technical glazes and finishing touches.
'Beach Blood', one of the singles released earlier this year, is the most possessive song on the EP and is also most definitely my favourite.
The melancholy technique utilised by Worry Party in this example is attractive and melodic, resulting in a rather beautiful song. Read my single review on Beach Blood for all of my thoughts on the single.
'True North' is the third offering on the EP, and possibly the most gloomy. The track is made up of a simple song structure and the instrumental elements are again very simple, with most of the song being made up of the vocals, a bass drum, solemn guitar notes and various percussion features - not enough.
'True North' is quite lifeless and dull in the sense that it doesn't really take me anywhere, I feel stationary throughout the whole of the song. Not even an emotional journey is sparked so maybe this song is just a little too sad and gloomy and, while the softness of the instruments is notable, it doesn’t feel favorable in this case. Just a little bit more oomph was needed during the writing process perhaps.
The final song on any EP generally wields some sort of punch, some variation, something memorable, something juicy, something to win you over finally and completely. 'Waves' does not wield that punch. Following the same format as 'True North', 'Waves' is actually a drowsy ballad of sadness. Worry Party have the emotional aspect of music nearly pegged; they have the instrumentals, they have the atmosphere, they have the really high quality production, they have the vocals and lyrics, however they really need some more variety. The track is similar again to its predecessor in the sense that the weak song structure doesn't really take me anywhere, or rather the listener embarks on a journey only to end up where they started, and that can be quite snoozy.
Worry Party no doubt have their strong points and their developing points, as demonstrated on this EP. I love 'Beach Blood' and 'Traveller' and I truly think that both of those tracks are works of art, however 'True North' and 'Waves' were just not really my cup of tea.
’Souvenirs’ hits the nail on the head when it comes to atmospheric music (the thing that they do REALLY do well at), however for me when an EP sounds this fatigued, I just can not groove to it as much as I would like to.
That said, Worry Party clearly are talented musicians in the production area and I truly am eager to see what they reveal next.