Hailing from Brooklyn NY, the quintet that is Stereo Off have been around since 2012, but it is only recently that they've really started to draw the attention of both music fans and critics with the help of their new EP The Long Hot Winter.
"Hotel Mirror" kicks things off with a sound that is akin to a psychedelic trance theme tune, which may within a matter of moments but some listeners off, but those who stick with it are rewarded by a hugely fun groove that snakes its way through the rest of the track.
New single "Automated" follows it up and although the music itself isn't half bad, the lyrics really let the track down as they display little emotion or support to the piece.
Fortunately things get much better via "Supercooler". This is the kind of song that needs to be played while driving down the highway in the summer with the windows down and volume turned right up. Moving away from the band's more familiar 80's vibe and making it more modern might be considered a big risk for them to take, but when it pays off as well as this, good on them for bucking their own trend.
"The Things We Do" returns the music to the style of the 80's and could perhaps be considered the closest thing to a ballad the group have ever produced, but, always keen to add in a few surprises, the twist at the end of the track makes it so much better.
Often bands find themselves putting their weaker numbers at the end of a record - that's not the case here. Instead, Stereo Off has done the exact opposite and close out this EP with a corker of a tune titled "Redesign." With a strong guitar rhythm, the piece is a modern piece of rock 'n' roll and as a result is a fun, strong end to a rather mixed collection.
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