After winning over fans with their summer-vibe track “No” earlier this year, Midnight Beach have now released their debut, self-titled LP which is likely to divide listeners everywhere as to what they think.
Opening the album with a minute and a half long intro doesn’t get things off to the best of starts and the piece could have quite easily (and for the better) been left off the album, but it does lead into “Try”, a little uptempo electro-pop number that serves as a good though admittedly far from great proper introduction to the band and their sound.
Next track “Drums and Dominoes” maintains the electro feel of things started by its predecessor although it might come across as being little too psychedelic for some. “Fantasy” doesn’t fare much better but it does offer up the best vocal performance so far, so it’s a little disappointing to see said vocals then overshadowed by the instrumentals on “No.”, though the song still remains a highlight of the album.
The slow rhythm of “Cocoon” makes the song suitable for those wanting to unwind after a stressful day, but might not be a good idea to play on repeat if the listener is driving a long distance. It’s not like the song is boring per se, it’s just that, particularly given a lot of other tracks in the charts at the moment, there’s nothing about it that allows it to stand out and it’s subdued tempo might cause some people to drift off into a daydream.
Thankfully, things pick up somewhat with the arrival of “Dare U”; the musicianship and vocals finally managing to work in harmony with one another for – realistically – the first time on the album. “Reset” meanwhile is lyrically simple but with a thumping beat, it’s sure to have people smiling and perhaps even blaring as they get ready for a night out.
“Days Go By” – not a cover of the Keith Urban track just FYI – lowers the standard once again (they’d have honestly been better throwing in a KA cover), and it’s a shame that the band close out the collection with a mix of “Fantasy” – it would’ve been nice to see them truly push themselves to their musical limits and create something much better.