Stricken City, Songs About People I Know

Talk about groovy. Stricken City’s latest full-length, “Songs About People I Know” is ripe with enough insanely bombastic, electronically-infused melodies that you may feel a little exhausted after your first spin of the record. Rebekah Raa belts out 80’s influenced notes in a suitably hyper manner, and while this London act can come across as a bit sloppy at times, but it’s the frantic pace of “Songs About People I Know” that is truly the key to their charm. Short as the record may be, “Songs…” isn’t a letdown by any means.

Tracks like “P.S.” bounce all over the place like a child served Red Bull out of the womb, and there’s nothing wrong with that. And “Five Metres Apart” calls to mind the sprawling legacy left by the carefree spirit of both Bjork and Kate Bush, though, well, way better and way, way catchier. Of course, the jangly, goofy pop isn’t the safest bet if you’re driving or operating heavy machinery. But it’s “Songs…” is the record to go to when you’re up for forgetting about your cares, if only for half an hour or so.

By Joshua Kloke

[Rating: 3.5/5]

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