It seems that the end of every spring brings with it a new crop of music tailored specifically for the vibe of the impending summer. The spring harvest almost always yields a major hip-hop anthem, a beach tune of some sort, a slew of dance numbers to get sweaty and drunk to, and (generally the most versatile of the lot) the big indie-rock hit. The latter has to be just as danceable, beach-ready, and anthemic as its cross-genre peers, all wrapped up with a bow of universal appeal. The top contender for this summer’s big indie jammer comes by way of Australia’s Atlas Genius.
Atlas Genius have managed to garner a massive amount of buzz on their own steam, and Through the Glass marks their major label debut. The EP is a consistent bundle of pleasant and shiny indie-pop built upon Keith Jeffrey’s addicting vocal melodies, pseudo-electronic, dance-infused drums, and a few synthesizers. The songs sound familiar on first listen, and the set’s lead single, “Trojans”, should find its way into every kitschy, hip watering hole and Urban Outfitters dressing room from here to creation by the end of the summer. Between the upbeat guitar part and dance party-approved rhythm, “Trojans” makes for an easy favorite. However, the final track, “Symptoms”, displays a bit more of what should come from Atlas Genius on a full-length, with its sweeping chorus and acoustic guitar flourishes.
As catchy as Atlas Genius’s debut proves to be, there is little to call original here. “Back Seat”, in particular, sounds like it could have been a cutting room track from Pheonix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, an album that just so happened to produce its own slew of massive summer hits not so long ago. And while we know that there are plenty of similarly guilty artists (particularly in the more pop-oriented end of rock music), it will be interesting to see if the Aussies can find their way into a bit more original realm than the obviously peer-influenced one their debut resides within. In the mean time, roll down the windows and get your fill of that summer indie-rock goodness.
Essential Tracks: “Trojans”, “Symptoms”