The EP opens up with “Thrill” and immediately we’re immersed in their retro disco-pop style…Maja Ivarsson’s vocals distinctive with her combination of high pitch with husky, graveled tones…the rhythm here is simple, allowing her voice to stand strong amidst the synth-led alt. pop…and really there are aspects of this track musically that could appeal fans of both BILLY IDOL and A-HA…a wonderful start this. “The Darkness” follows up and we’re met with a deeper, bass-driven piece here but not in a heavy sense…with a touch of piano sprinkled within the song sporadically and an up-beat chorus with a great hook…for a break-up song it’s rather positive, Félix Rodríguez rocks up with a brief but passionate solo to add a climatic feel to proceedings…it’s equally defiant and delightful.
We take our foot off the gas for a moment with follow up track and EP highlight “Sail Into To Sun”…utilising soft string sections over a soothing acoustic piece, coupled with the subtle inclusion of steel drums, we’re given a truly beautiful little ambient pop record and for four minutes we sail away with Maja’s voice, the mellow tone of the track allowing her vocals to flourish; she excels here, this is lovely, before we finish then on closing track “Turn To Gold” and we return to their preferred mix of big pop melodies with a funk-driven core sound; with a bold chorus and a superb saxophone solo closing the track, this really is gold (OK it’s brass but you know what I mean) and the EP ends on a high note. While it would be incredibly picky of me to be disappointed here, I can’t but help but wish that this was a new album…these four tracks prove if anything just how consistently good The Sounds are and really it just wets your appetite. Here’s hoping for a new full-length soon but for now, the tale that I’m telling YOU is go and listen to this EP…seriously.