>>There are very few examples that come to mind when you can hear something and taste it. A warm summer day when you’re outdoors in the humid heat and someone offers you a cold can of your favorite sugary, fizzy pop, and you grab ahold of it and there’s a bit of ice stuck to the colorful aluminum can. It’s almost too cold to hold but you hook your nail under the pull tab for that satisfying pop and crumble. You raise the can to take a drink and just before you can actually taste it, you hear the carbonation reverberating inside, thousands of tiny bubbles exploding in a symphony of delicious. Right then, right before you actually take your firs sip, you can taste it. You can taste the sound.
Welcome to the first 5 seconds of Boy Brooks newest effort Winter Couple, a two-song release that Pop punctuated by a punchy bass line sets the tone for this track, a wonderful earful, a mixture of melody and e production that sounds radio friendly without sounding like everything else on the radio. The vocals in the verse don’t seem as mixed as well as they could be at first until the chorus comes in. One that makes up for anything that could be seen as a detraction. It’s incredibly catchy, and the reverb on the keys is great. The 808 inspired toms that lead into the chorus are so perfect it elicits a smile before the chorus is back again. It’s hard to tell if the toms were missed the first go around because the chorus is well timed and catchy.
The synth sound leads to a solo that could have been by Mick Ronson and the track takes a turn toward Bowie daydream set to a hall and oats soundtrack. A sparkling raspberry bellini on a bright and sunny morning, this track will make you feel at once relaxed and that there’s so much more to your day.
The next up is Fields (Home). The feel on this one is completely different. The B side if it was a vinyl, because the production is the same. What is so striking about this track is how quickly the chorus comes in and you don’t have a second to think about what you're listening to. This is darker, Robert Smith, dark with a good as hook as any. There a beat behind the wheel, and a Devo rhyme that makes it as fun as the Cure make the color black. The isolated guitar sound from the solo a Cutting Crew reference that sends you into a nostalgic spin cycle.
And maybe that’s what this two-song release proclaims; a reflection of all the great radio friendly songs from the 80’s that you never get to hear anymore. The ones that were supposedly flashes in the pan, but when you bought the album every song was better than the next. It’s addicting pop with intelligent, maybe Boy Brooks will be the next flash in the radio pan, but it’s more complex and more interesting than that, a story worth telling, and rotation worthy tracks.