Just hours away from opening things up for Sam Smith at Edgefield, New Zealand band, Broods, made a quick, almost secretive, appearance at Portland’s Music Millennium record store. Though it was scheduled to have them play a short set and hang out longer, early soundcheck times cut back on the time they could stay.
Luckily, their cool manager, almost forced to cancel the event altogether, knew that that was not an option. So, cutting it short and early, Broods made it in time to sign some vinyl, chat it up a bit, and take pictures with the four fans who made it.
In addition to it being a meet and greet type opportunity, the cool thing about this event was the fact that we got to hear their new album, Evergreen, in full. The album drops tomorrow here in the US, and I’m here to tell you, when it does, go get it. Because it is good.
The album opens with one of my favorite tracks, “Mother and Father”. This track is full of emotion, carried through by Georgia’s beautiful voice, but also through the beautiful synth arrangements, filled in with a catchy drum beat. This song itself seems to talk about leaving home, and remembering where you come from, even when you are far from there. This message comes across in the catchy chorus of the song.
“I don’t want to wake up lonely. I don’t wanna just be fine. I don’t wanna keep on hoping. Forget what I had in mind.”
“Everytime” once again highlights Georgia’s beautiful voice, and Caleb’s amazing synth work. The track starts out slow, but it builds into a very energetic chorus. It has that wave of drone that makes you want to move. Though I haven’t seen Broods live, this track has a lot of potential for a live rendition. As I’ve heard, they play it well.
The albums third track, “Killing You”, returns to the theme of missing home. This is a very common topic in artists making it big fast, being taken away from familiar settings and people to tour, record, and be in many places at once. You find it in Lorde, and you find it in Broods. Georgia sings, full of emotional longing, “But it’s killing me, and it’s killing you, cause I wish you were here.”
“Bridges” is the most popular, or at least most heard, song off of Evergreen. It was the first song Broods released, and it still rocks. Though it’s definitely not the strongest song on the album, this track, speaking on the end of a relationship, deserves all the attention it gets. It’s catchy, pretty, and just a jam of a song in general.
“L.A.F.”, reportedly standing for “Loose As F**k”, is a very complex song beat-wise. It has a really good drum beat going for it, but the vocals come in on somewhat of an offbeat, so it makes the track very complicated, but in a very groovy, pleasing way. The song itself talks about being in love. This relationship is spoken of by Georgia.
“And I’ll never get this feeling out of my head. And I’ll never wanna be the one you forget.”
The sixth track on the album, and first off of their debut EP, “Never Gonna Change”, is an emotional reflection on a lost relationship. It’s a slow, brooding track (no pun intended), speaking on the guilt you feel after a breakup. The track still keeps the airy, open synth, along with the drum beats, that is signature Broods.
“Sober” is, in my opinion, one of the strongest tracks on the album. It’s so simplistic lyrically, and the backing tones, synth, and beats compliments them amazingly. It’s a very melodic track, with solid production, that once again reflects on a lost relationship. The lyrics are minimal, but it tells a story.
“I am sober, lying in my bed, recreating you inside my head.” Georgia thinks about this past relationship, while coming down off of a night of drinks. “It was the greatest place I’ve ever been, and it was right in front of me.” She looks back on this relationship, realizing it was the best she’s ever had, but she didn’t realize it until now.
“Medicine” checks as another very strong track off of Evergreen. It’s slow-burning, open, and full of air. It brings this icy feeling to you as you listen to it. It’s definitely one of those songs that just makes you stop, and really listen. Breathtaking song, really. One of my favorites.
“Four Walls” is the latest single pulled from the album. It’s a beautiful ballad of sorts, opening up with piano, and transitioning into that Broods sound, adding atmospheric backing vocals, along with drum and beat in the back. Georgia’s voice is full of emotion in this song, as she sings about sitting in her bedroom, the only place she doesn’t have to hide all her sadness.
“Those four walls now are the only place that I can breathe out.”
The album closes on an upbeat note with “Superstar”, a track told to a significant other.
“I’ve been waiting for the sun to rise where you are. So I can tell you you’re a superstar,” sings Georgia.
It’s an upbeat, strong track, but it comes with a funny story. I stumbled across “Superstar” on YouTube, and it was posted as a new, unreleased track from Lorde. Of course, I knew what it really was. However, this is an understandable mistake. Their sound is very similar. This is especially due to Joel Little, their producer, who also produced Lorde’s Pure Heroine. Little brings this synthy, drum and beat quality to the music that makes it unique. So if you’re a fan of Lorde, I can guarantee you’ll love Broods.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10