SYNTH POP SIBLINGS BROODS GRIEVE LOSS THROUGH DANCE ON NEW ALBUM ‘SPACE ISLAND’
BROODS ALSO RELEASE THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR THEIR COLLABORATION WITH TOVE LO ‘I KEEP’ WHICH IS ALSO ON THEIR FOURTH RELEASE AND ANNOUNCE A NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH TEI SHI AND ELLA VOS
‘Space Island’ is the new record by the New Zealand synth-pop sibling duo BROODS. Out today, via Island Records Australia/Ingrooves. The sibling duo featuring Georgia and Caleb Nott’s fourth release is a catchy, enlightened, and luminous take on heartbreak and its emotional aftermath. A record featuring a menagerie of bops for the Millennial and Gen Z crowd that only falters towards the end of this foray. From the space-inspired visuals and sounds that permeate the album. Such as the atmospheric opener, ‘Goodbye World, Hello Space Island’. BROODS sets the tone and allows the listener to enter into the otherworldly existence the album has set up. It’s half a lament and the other half an introspection (something many of the album’s tracks are) on a relationship ending. Georgia‘s vocals shine bright throughout this record, but there’s a certain raspiness through the clarity on this opener that allows us to be invited into their world graciously. This track bleeds into ‘Piece Of My Mind’ which was our first taste of this album. It’s a real escapist piece with blissful pop melodies, an electrifying pop groove, and underlying space-inspired sounds (a trend that links the entirety of the album). It’s glitchy in the best way possible with a kicking bass line. ‘Heartbreak’ was the second track released and tackles acceptance of loss, using loss as a way to find yourself again. A slow-simmering number with 90’s R&B-inspired elements like a thumping bassline and sparking piano synths that elevate the minimalist track.
‘Space Island’ is a record that came after dealing with a loss in Georgia‘s life as she dealt with a difficult divorce. After going through so much upheaval. The sibling duo turned to music to heal and deal. They also began to experiment and create with their music. Thus, bringing forth a new freshness and intensity to their pop sound. It’s something that works on most of their tracks, particularly on the last single (which also dropped today). ‘I Keep’ is the only collaboration on ‘Space Island’ and is with fellow synth-pop phenom Tove Lo. Tove Lo is an artist they’ve worked with prior on the track, ‘Freak Of Nature’. Their new collaboration with her ‘I Keep’ is a glitchy two-step bop. They use the repetitive ‘I Keep’ chorus to their advantage. Tove Lo is the perfect accompaniment for this honeyed sad girl club banger. Songs such as ‘Like A Woman’, ‘Gaslight’ and ‘Alien’ offer quieter moments of the record, showcasing the piano and organ work. ‘Like A Woman’ is the standout amongst these with its painfully honest lyrics and the gorgeous organ sounds from Caleb’s Farfisa organ. Tracks like ‘Alien’ and ‘Days Are Passing’ felt disconnected to the album as a whole, leaning too much on the mellow tropical pop sound. While ‘Gaslight’ could have bordered onto saccharine-sweet land if not for the biting lyrics and tone, while ‘Alien’ and ‘Days Are Passing’ make for some of the weaker numbers on ‘Space Island’. The album closer to ‘If You Fall In Love’ brings the whole album full circle. This trip-hop-inspired track connects the spacey sounds from the first song and features more beautiful organ work. Georgia’s vocals form a lilting quality throughout. It’s not until around 2:42 in this song that the tempo picks up into a summery pop jam until it closes. BROODS uses ‘Space Island’ to experiment, express, discover and let go of feelings left over after such a tumultuous time. For fans, BROODS has produced otherwordly sci-fi oasis through music to dive in. Though, casuals will not have a tough time selecting a track or two for playlist consumption.
You can stream the new BROODS album “Space Island” by clicking here