EP REVIEW: I Don’t Know How But They Found Me – 1981 Extended Play

Release Date: November 9th 2018
Label: Fearless Records
Website: www.idkhow.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/idkhow
Twitter: www.twitter.com/idkhow

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Enigmatic duo I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (regularly just shortened to IDKHOW) make their introduction known with their debut EP, ‘1981 Extended Play’.

Dallon Weekes (ex-Panic! At The Disco) and Ryan Seaman (ex-Falling In Reverse) have created a nostalgic trip back to the 80s that’s a rollercoaster of different genres and will ultimately leave you wanting more.

The EP begins with a 30-second introduction which sounds similar to an audiobook, inviting the listener into the world in which the 6-track effort is set in before launching into ‘Choke’. Sounding somewhat similar to the likes of The Cure, the song would fit perfectly into any 80s playlist and seamlessly intertwines twisted lyrics into a happy, bop-your-head-to beat.

‘Bleed Magic’ and ‘Social Climb’ are similar with their overall throwback tone. Although they provide some nostalgic vibes, it still sounds fresh and exciting, in turn showcasing one of IDKHOW‘s many talents. It’s short, sweet, and super upbeat making it an EP standout. The vocals on the latter of the two are eerie and the beats are prominent and heavy, and with an anthemic chorus you can easily imagine it being played live.

Nostalgic elements continue on ‘Absinthe’, but it also tries something completely new. The heavy and passionate vocals are separated and contrasted by whispering moments backed by non-existing instrumentals. It’s a bit of jazz, synth, rock infusion and pop; clearly the duo aren’t here to play it safe, and ultimately it works.

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me have impressed with their debut offering. Each cut from ‘1981 Extended Play’ is nostalgic and delivers a sound which only works due to the sheer talent of Weekes and Seaman. It’s clear that this is only the beginning for the duo, and 2019 is set to be very bright for them.