Sometimes, I admit, listening to albums makes me a little bit nervous. Call me crazy, but I am horrified by the idea that I will dislike what comes out through the speakers. Then again, I suppose it makes me more appreciative when I actually enjoy what I hear. The Electro Kid’s Pixels was one collection of songs I was nervous about; a band that’s drawn comparisons to my favorite band? Oh boy, they better be good…
“Initiate” is a short introduction, which transitions seamlessly into the next track; a skill that needs to be both acknowledged and admired.
When I see the track “Phone Home” listed, I can’t help but picture E.T. However, the song is a bit more relatable than the idea of a lovable space alien becoming your best friend. It’s like pop-punk mixed with electronic-dance, in all of its catchy glory. Along with that, it was the lyrics that had me intrigued. We all have those moments when a song “describes your life,” and right now, The Electro Kid have done that for me in this track, really giving a theme song to the “Out of sight, out of mind” cliche`.
The Electro Kid have compared themselves to All Time Low, which is my favorite band. I’m not going to lie, tpically, I raise a very skeptical eyebrow to these self-invoked comparisons, but The Electro Kid’s “You & Me” proves that they do have a similar quality in their music, without imitating. Speaking of cynical, each line of the song, while definitely musically upbeat, has a pessimistic, almost tongue-in-cheek tone. And who doesn’t love that?
Speaking of comparisons and influences, John Green is getting a lot of attention, especially with the film adaptation of his novel, The Fault In Our Stars, coming out soon. I have to wonder if “Looking For Alaska” was influenced by Green’s novel of the same name. Regardless, the narrative presented is well-done, showing off the band’s story-telling chops.
Like a plot twist that no one sees coming, “Say, That’s It! You Think Of a Wonderful Thought” comes barreling out of the speakers, with a provocative edge. There is something wonderfully refreshing about the track. Maybe it’s the fact that it stands out from the rest of Pixels, or maybe it’s the Peter Pan reference that has me pressing the repeat button. Either way, this is the Must-Listen-To song on the album; like the black sheep of a family, it’s the one that seems to draw attention from everyone in the room.
Considering The Electro Kid technically starts Pixels off with “Phone Home,” it makes sense that they close with “Dial Tone.” Unlike the actual dial-tone of a phone, this song doesn’t make you want to smash something out of irritation. It’s fun, in an obnoxious teenage boy way. If this track were a person, it would be that very persistent boy from your chemistry class, who is confident that he’s charming your socks off. Like a Jedi mind-trick, he tells you that you’re going to find him wonderfully charming, and sure as eggs are eggs, you eventually do.
Overall, Pixels is a great introduction to The Electro Kid. As someone who had never even heard of the band before, it gave me a good idea of where this band is coming from, and what their style is…and so far, I like it.
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