Hailing from Bordeaux, dark-pop quartet The Sunday Sadness have combined elements of 80s synth-wave, hip-hop and emo to create an intriguing debut listen on their debut self-titled EP. Comprised of seven tracks, it showcases hooks and pulsating rhythms in a cinematic package.
From the choppy synths and swirling melodies that begin the opening track, ‘Lost In The Crowd’, it becomes apparent that this EP in part is a late night soundtrack. The song shows one side of the group, with guitarist Chris Laurent providing subtle notes as the moody backdrop for Mattheiu Kirby‘s soft croon.
The track itself relies on a singular motif to permeate underneath changing vocal melodies, ranging from rapped passages to stacked harmonies, and the dark and ominous tone displayed continues on for a new numbers up until ‘The Wrong Way’.
This isn’t to say that the EP is repetitive, with bassist Matt Cutt forming a funk tinged verse for ‘Damn I Hate It’, providing a strong contrast to the vocal led chorus. The same can be said for ‘The Hunger’, where he holds down a solid groove alongside Laurent‘s unexpected guitar solo.
After five tracks that are heavily influenced by dark-wave, ‘The Wrong Way’ takes a turn into a more up-tempo playing field. Urgently rapped vocals play against pop-punk style singing as tightly palm-muted guitars drive the track to an energetic chorus.
The same energy is kept on closer, ‘Sad Songs’, leaning on John Fine‘s drumbeats to push the group’s interchanging melodies to the forefront. The track itself highlights their skill at hooks, with the final chorus changing its lead line to impressive results.
Their first effort and self-titled EP is a release that shows promise for a group that is comfortable in diversity. It may be a bit of a slow burner, but there’s definite potential for more to come.