Review: Greenhorse – Transcontinental

Greenhorse are two bassists who met in Wyoming and have turned to synthpop as their genre of choice. Granted, it’s not a typical move but it’s a good one as it happens, for contained in their first release are five little gems with designs on your heart.

‘Transcontinental’ may be a fusion of cheesy synths and emotive vocals but it is – on the whole – rather glorious. After two minutes of commercially savvy electro-pop, ‘Hot Nights’ shifts incongruously but brilliantly into dreampop melody. ‘Finally Human’ smacks of 1980’s teen rom-coms but its melody is unshakeable whilst ‘Buried’ is less dramatic but it’s gentle verses and chorus are as minty fresh as the finest toothpaste. In fact, only some high-pitched “emo” vocals on ‘Psycho Somatica’ spoils this otherwise perfectly formed EP.

In essence, Greenhorse are like a brasher version of Junior Boys. They certainly share their tastes for vintage synths, their music is based around the song rather than the dance and each tune is backed up my some heartfelt harmonies.

Web Sites:
Greenhorse Official Site
Greenhorse MySpace

Further Listening:
Chromeo, Junior Boys, Mackintosh Braun, Friendly Fires

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