Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
The band is ‘Hooyoosay;’ their new four-song EP, ‘The Wrong Kind of People.’ Hooyoosay is a rather prolific project that has released quite a bit of content. Their music, as they say, is ‘music with no ego.’ Let’s delve into a brief look at the new collection of songs.
Right off of the bat, I’m not entirely sure what to think of Hooyoosay. The opening title track boasts a high quality production and a female and male vocalist bouncing off of each other blissfully. At first, I thought I was listening to something designed for children, but in actuality, it’s just an upbeat indie rock type style that’s just very loose and carefree. The lyrics are playful and remarkably intelligent as well, complimenting the unique sound they’ve crafted for themselves. They’re even doo-wopping in there! How cool is that?!
‘Illusionist At Work’ is folky and poppy at the same time. Harmonica riffing and cascading piano dance with masterful organ pieces. It’s an instrumental that contrasts the title track and exhibits massive musical versatility on part of the band. After the instrumental, ‘The Wrong Kind of Hello’ brings back the vocalists and their infectious harmonies. It’s also a great track, but it’s built on the back of ‘The Wrong Kind of People,’ which makes it feel like an extension of the first song rather than an entity of its own.
‘The Right Kind of Friend’ finishes out the EP with the second and final instrumental. Much like ‘The Wrong Kind of Hello’ and ‘The Wrong Kind of People,’ the song feels like an extension of ‘Illusionist at Work.’ It’s like the band had two very concrete ideas and stretched them into four songs. I’m not sure if that’s the best plan of action for this type of music.
‘The Wrong Kind of People’ is a catchy and wonderful little EP. At the end of the day, though, it’s essentially two songs: one instrumental jam and one indie pop track stretched out to be doubly as long. The record would have been better released as an A/B single rather than four-track EP. When you’re choosing to only utilize four songs, they should take you on a journey. The content here is great, but after you’ve heard the first two songs, the latter two become shades of two you heard. Creatively, this makes the record feel a tad lazy and uninspired. The music is great, but it’s much more suited to a more brief release.
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