Album Review – SpazzKid: Promise EP

There are few things better on a warm summer day than a song that captures the moment. It’s why “Summertime” by The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff is on constant rotation once the weather starts to heat up. Yes, it’s a little on the nose, but I’ll be damned if the party doesn’t get started the moment that song kicks on. It’s a damned emotional cheat code. SpazzKid’s Promise EP may not have a singular breakout song, but as a small collection, it has a “good time” vibe that has to be acknowledged and commended. Turn it on, and let the smile take over your face.

“Lovers” kicks off the EP with the slow, melodic keys of a piano, before bursting open the curtains into a pop, synth beat. If SpazzKid wanted you to think of a starting off the happiest day of your life, then he succeeded. The only thing missing was animated birds helping me to put my shirt on, like a golden era Disney movie. The only real knock against the song is that the use of short, halting notation makes for a chiptune sound that may be unintentional and somewhat distracting. That aspect is more apparent due to the shortage of bass or low tones on the song. The lack of tonal variety within the track holds it back from full immersion.

The second track, “Truly” featuring Sarah Bonito has a similar feel to “Lovers” but breaks up the monotony by bouncing between a boom-bap rap track and an EDM daydream. Bonito’s vocals compliment this interesting ebb and flow. The variety that was missing from the first song is greatly represented on “Truly.”

Promise is only four tracks long, and going too in-depth on each song is a disservice to music and the listener. It’s not a life altering experience, but it is a mood changer. The entire work can be used as an interlude to other songs in a playlist, having a self-contained rise and fall that can act as a pallet cleanser. As long as the transition effect you’re going for is mid-level chill, to Pharrell levels of happy. There may be an over reliance on synth lines that keep it from being its very best, but as four songs in a larger work, it’s a perfect appetizer.

Originally published (07/09/2014)


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