The Brooklyn synthpop duo, Nice Good Wonderful Okay have had a tremendous 6 12 months run via the scene, headlining a rating of U.S. Excursions, a Bought Out six-stop China tour, in addition to plenty of high-profile pageant performances and naturally, opening reveals for Iconic artists like Joywave, Betty Who and Tove Lo amongst others.
Now, with an album on the horizon, Singer Jon Sandler and Keyboardist Luke Moellman entice their followers with one other appetizer within the type of “Nice Good 5 Okay”, a compilation of 8 extraordinarily strong tracks that showcase a clean and different backwards and forwards between Trendy Electropop sounds and an opulent Nu-Disco proposal. The dichotomy -mediated by what I felt was an underlying French-Home sensibility- manifests into tracks which might be way more digital and minimalistic, permitting for Jon’s voice to take over, after which tracks that steadiness his vocals with a way more detailed and dense wave of instrumental delights.
One of many largest stand-outs must be “Opposites Entice”, a tune so readily made for the airwaves that I’d be shocked if I don’t hear it a dozen occasions by the point we’re performed publishing this evaluation. It’s obtained that recent gripping Electropop sound backing the superb vocals into a spot of pure forgetful bliss, there’s solely the music and nothing else as you dance the rest of a summer season’s outside pageant when it’s in your ears.
Now, let’s break this EP down piece by piece:
With “So Far So Good” issues kick off with an amazing excessive notice, the monitor is funky and smooth during, whereas concurrently presenting a wall of sounds so different and explosive that it makes it an absolute delight to choose every little thing about it aside to actually respect each sound and instrument so lovingly and intentionally put. Jon Sandler’s vocals are very near The Weeknd, not essentially within the timbre, however within the smoothness and supply. The music is pure Nu-Disco genius working wonders with sparkly string hits and thrilling guitar chords. I felt a robust affect of French Home Music within the monitor that I can’t fairly level out however provides a ton of elegant European grit actually boosting the tune upwards. What a killer begin for an album.
“It May Be Us” goes in a really completely different path sound-wise, anchoring itself right into a extra typical (however no much less efficient) electro-pop tune about romantic disillusion and regretful heartbreak. Sandler’s vocals present a robust trendy R&B affect that performs off the groovy beat that Moellman cooked up, making it straightforward for them to shortly blur the strains that outline its personal style. I feel “It May Be Us” exemplifies completely the condensation of Electropop, R&B, Hip-hop, and synth-pop that has turn into so dominant within the scene, it’s a sound I’ve been listening to for years now however solely up to now 2-3 years do I really feel prefer it’s reached some extent of actual refinement, and I’m unsure I’m glad simply calling it “Electropop” anymore.
“2020” sounds each thematically and musically like a sequel to the earlier tune, although it begins on a way more downtempo vibe it shortly turns right into a little bit of a rollercoaster of uplifting electro sounds with its Swells and dips. Sadly, nevertheless, I didn’t discover this monitor to be notably excellent by itself, and it’s greatest heard within the firm of “It may very well be us”, because it acts extra like a bridge between it and the much more fascinating “Actual”.
“Actual” feels much more Electro French Home than the remaining, the influences appear a bit extra tangible. The beautiful funky music ramps up slowly and it edges into Nu-Disco with out absolutely lifting the ethereal-yet-funky veil from over itself. It’s sensuous and danceable, mysterious but additionally dynamic, and there’s this very understated and delicate brass part close to the top that I encourage you to pay shut consideration to lest you miss it, and also you undoubtedly don’t need to, it’s beautiful.
“Opposites Entice” May very nicely have been the titular monitor for this album because it ties every little thing thematically collectively and feels just like the centerpiece round which each different tune sits round. Up till now, we had two Nu-disco tracks and two extra easy electro-pop tracks, and although this tune sits cleanly into the latter facet, it additionally achieves a level of consummate pop proficiency that wasn’t fairly there in “It may very well be us” and “2020”. I feel the tune is by far the catchiest and the more than likely contender to explode the airways.
I like how the tune fades right into a self-fulfilling metaprophecy by repeating “You’ll be coming again, you’ll be coming again”, as a result of I certain assume audiences will maintain coming again to this tune particularly again and again.
“Progress” brings an much more summer-like vibe to the EP that builds upon and completes the work of its predecessor, Although it’s nonetheless firmly Electropop, its guitar-centric sound units it aside from its sibling tracks within the EP (songs 2,3 and 5, thus far). there’s an outright Spanish aptitude to this tune as a result of a peculiar use of claps at sure factors within the monitor which really feel very a lot impressed by Flamenco. All in all, a really fascinating tune that stunned me even inside the paradigms set by the earlier Nu-disco & Electropop dynamic that was beforehand set. If I could also be so daring to guess once more, I feel this tune is the second strongest contender to be a giant hit for the duo.
If there’s a tune that showcases the higher elements of Jon Sandler’s vocals, then “You Don’t look the identical” is unquestionably it. I feel his model may be very a lot in tune with trendy R&B male singers like I discussed earlier than and he takes this chance to be much less coy about his vary and the emotional energy he can Impress on the songs.
“See Me Right here, See Me Now” Is an ideal Bookends for the EP, it finishes on the identical Nu-disco vibes that it opens with, Sandler as soon as once more reminding me of Weeknd and Moellman blowing me the hell away together with his flawless and engrossing composition — my favourite a part of the EP, I have to admit. This tune is on the extra downtempo facet of Nu-disco, enjoying it clean and spacious, with a weighty synth backdrop giving it one other timeless edge in its arsenal, the guitar as soon as once more reveals as much as give it an thrilling tug you’re certain to really feel in your chest. Though I nonetheless need to take the EP via a couple of extra performs, I feel that is just about my private favourite monitor by now.
I feel what I appreciated the very best about this EP is how a lot it has to supply all audiences in such brief runtime. From Aesthetic all-you-can-hear buffets for the hardcore melophile to the extra subdued electropop bangers like “Opposites entice” which little doubt could maintain broader attraction for these not but initiated into the folds of the Nu-Disco brotherhood.
For long-time followers of GGFO, this EP isn’t simply the fifth in a collection, it additionally heralds the *seemingly* final step of the way in which earlier than a much-awaited lengthy format Album, and although the discharge date and different particulars are nonetheless pending, I definitely hope I get to let you know all about it sooner moderately than later. I can’t even think about what these two guys have in retailer for us, however I’m certain it received’t disappoint.
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