Review by Mark Ventrice
RIYL: Grouplove, The Colourist, Royal Teeth
Recommended Tracks: “Molecules” “Refugees” “A Perfect End”
Atlas Genius are one of the best indie pop groups out there. Along with groups like Neon Trees and Passion Pit, Atlas Genius know how to make their genre as exciting as possible. There isn’t much experimenting on this album, but there doesn’t have to be, because they do such a good job with the basics.
Every song on this album is similar enough that someone who isn’t listening close enough or with enough effort might just call them the same. They would be wrong because most songs are unique. “Friendly Apes” is one of the slowest songs on the album, and they use a lot of effects on the vocals to make it sound weird, but not too weird. “Molecules” is almost the polar opposite. It’s very upbeat and happy sounding and catchy.
The only downfall of the album is that a few of the songs do sound very similar, right down to the beat. It doesn’t do enough to hurt the album, but it could be annoying.
There isn’t too much to say about this album. It’s really just one of the best indie pop albums of the year.