Review: Youth Sounds – The Bit Parts EP

Youth Sounds are a new group from New Orleans, formed by siblings Erika and Federico Mejia. As with many new acts on their first EP, there’s a sense that they are still finding their feet before establishing their signature sound.

As a singer, Erika is quite unassuming, delivering a cracked whisper whilst the music around her is formed by meaty percussion and layers of guitars, which veer between indie rock and dreampop in tone.  Nevertheless, it’s a combination which works well for ‘As Strangers Would’. ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ begins with sweet acoustic melody and the most hushed of vocals; taking nearly three minutes to explode in to harder riffs. Finally, ‘What Is It Like’ signs off in pleasant fashion, suitable for drivetime accompaniment.

‘The Bit Parts EP’ is rather undemanding but still produces highly palatable, fuzzy rock fare. It threatens to catch fire but cautiously holds back before it becomes anthemic. It’s tough to assess them after just ten minutes of music but you sense there’ll have to be more dynamic on their next release.

Web Sites:
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