EPO-555: Mafia: CD

Mar 17, 2008

The My Bloody Valentine and other dreamy pop band influences are readily apparent here. Where MBV tempered the sicky-sweet melodies and soft boy/girl vocals with a sonic bombast that would make Motörhead jealous, these kids temper the noise, push the sweetness factor front and center, and occasionally toss in some electro beats to boot. Its effectiveness depends on how one feels about ethereal-sounding pop with all the edges smoothed out. The songs are on the whole catchy and pretty, but one can’t help but wish they’d just kick into overdrive more often to keep things interesting.

 –jimmy (www.epo-555.dk)