Pop-rock duo Remo Drive have certainly had a year of success. Having released their debut album ‘Greatest Hits’ last year, they’ve been on a constant stream of touring. Hailing from Bloomington, Minnesota, they’re now following up with more material in their EP, ‘Pop Music’.
Creating a slight departure in sound from their full-length, ‘Pop Music’ sees frontman Erik Paulson, bassist Stephen Paulson, and drummer Sam Mathys test boundaries, producing a unique sound that ensures a successful release.
Opening with the single ‘Blue Ribbon’, the EP immediately begins with Paulson‘s infectious vocals before a heavy dream beat takes over, perfectly accompanying his vocals. With an upbeat sound, the track is the perfect introduction into this more poppy sound, and perfectly matches the aesthetic presented on the album cover. Paulson‘s unique vocals are the focus of the track, with the drums and guitar adding emphasis to what is easily a sing along track.
Following suit, ‘Song Of The Summer’ is equally as infectious, with a similar sound that blends both the guitar and drums with strong vocals. This is easily a contender for one of the best songs of their career, and is the perfect soundtrack for those late summer drives, perhaps making this the ‘song of the summer’ for 2018.
The EP climaxes with the brief ‘Heartstrings’, which is short but still manages to close things with a punch. The drums take over in this track, making it this release’s heaviest cut but still remains quite poppy. Rather than fade out, it ends with Paulson‘s snappy vocals, leaving the us itching for more.
‘Pop Music’ is clearly a departure in sound for these Minnesotans, but nevertheless it works. A collection of genres, including pure pop, a bit of rock, and a lot of pop-punk, the EP blends an infectious and built-for-summer flurry. It’s clear that Remo Drive care less about the pop genre than they do they about making music that simply sounds good and is enjoyable; something that’s very refreshing.