Up until this point, Hooray for Earth has been a mediocre band. But on their latest record, the Momo EP, Hooray for Earth sound fresh and refocused. Momo may be the reset the band needs.
The opening tracks are drenched in reverb and melody and should catch the listeners ear. “Surrounded by Your Friends” sets the EP up with a contented tone and relaxed feel and “Comfortable, Comparable” brings the band’s new wave influences to the forefront.
“Get Home,” which sounds like a Magnetic Fields b-side, is where this EP starts to drop off. It isn’t a terrible song, but it does feel like cheap imitation. “Scaling” is a slow, psychedelic and freaky. It works to cleanse the ear and prepare the listener for the more aggressive “Form,” but both tracks are a bit overwrought.
Thankfully, the catchy beats and big choruses of “Rolling/Nectarine” end the EP with promise. This track is slated to become the first single off their upcoming full length which gives hope that the rest of the album will sound more like it rather than “Scaling” or “Form.”
Hooray for Earth have put their best foot forward with Momo. For a 6-song EP, there are one too many misses, but the opening and closing tracks reveal potential that wasn’t showing before.
Hooray for Earth will be opening for Surfer Blood and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on June 15 at Cat’s Cradle. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 on the day of the show.