Los Angeles-based alt-pop band machineheart is on the verge of polluting the airwaves with their upcoming EP, Cruel World. The 4-song EP is dark and brooding that is layered with down tempo, heavy bass lines, heartfelt and poetic lyrics and a yearning, aching vocals. The band, which is made up of a few founding members of the Tacoma, Washington’s He Is We including guitarist Carman Kubanda, drummer Harrison Allen, bassist Jake Randle and vocalist Stevie Scott, is gloomy and depressing.
When the EP opens with a funky guitar riff and a righteous beat on “Stonecold”, there is no doubt that this going to be something a little different. Then when Scott starts in with her tender, heart-aching lament in a slightly hushed tone, she croons, “Vultures circle over head/People watch love to watch a wreck/Hate the whispers in the stairs/But I lost you so who cares?/Now I’m standing in a wasteland of us”. The song takes on a touching, heartbreaking mood. And it definitely sets the tone for the entirety of Cruel World.
There is so much to love on machineheart‘s EP including the third track, “B.B.H.I.T”, which is completely instrumental. The track is haunting, but almost hopeful, soundscape that is expansive even for it being under three minutes. It is a beauty and shows the musicianship of the entire band.
So if synth-pop with heady rock themes is something that is interesting, then machineheart‘s Cruel World is something worth picking up. It is a roller coaster ride of dark, moody lyrics and catchy, synth melodies. What more could you ask for?
You can pick up Cruel World by machineheart on iTunes now. And also check out the full EP below!
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