Comprised of Nöpsy (lead vocals & keyboards), Jenni (guitar & vocals), Maria (bass guitar & vocals), and Katja (drums & vocals), The Wrecking Queens formed in Helsinki, Finland back in 2004. They debuted their album, Embrace The Fall, back in 2011 and have ingrained their names in the indietronic pop scene of Finland with their singles “Game Of Love” (2013) and “Pigeons” (2015). Working with the producer Matti Aphopelto, their new EP, A Different Kind Of High, captures all the signature essence and novel elements of the quartet.
There is an otherworldly vibe that sends you to a distinct sonic universe in The Wrecking Queens’ new EP, A Different Kind Of High. Starting with its opener, “Beverly,” we are immediately transported into a broad dimension far from reality where we imagine everyone floating as high as his or her MDMA. The percussions bleed into deliberate dream pop that permeates a kind of youthful innocence that we all love to indulge. “Take the pill, enjoy the ride” chant the gals as we get further carried into the sweet indietronic trance.
What follows the leadoff, “Children Of The Sun,” is a sun-kissed nirvanic track that sends you to a quasi-meditative mode. It is one of the most known from their EP and for a good reason – the track sonically captures the bittersweet momentum of sunsets. It is dreamily aesthetic, yet has a certain air of sadness for its ending. It is something you’ll find playing repeatedly after a massive beach party where you watch the sun go down as the wisp of melancholia seeps into your system.
“Golden” feels like you’re part of a pulse – the throbbing synths are nothing like the other flowy tracks. It has more structure and moves with a calculated rhythm as it breathes in the phrase “You’re golden” into your ears. The echoes glimmer through the undulating synthwaves that saturate you with invigorating chills. “Pigeons” rolls on a mellower pace, letting the vocals of Nöpsy take the center stage. “Let me see, let me feel everything / I’m no longer here / I’m full of love” chants the tinkering, crispy vocals of the front gal. “Pigeons” feels like letting go of everything and at the same time feeling like you have it all. It feels like a reflection in slow motion where the starry-eyed lyrics deliver an overpowering sensation.
The closing track, “A Fool Young Thing” starts off silently but quickly escalates into ambient pop. It takes you on a flirtatious dance of 80s chic pop with a slight tinge of soul. “A Fool Young Thing” feels like a brief, goodbye kiss that sends you back to real life. A Different Kind Of High is a virtuosic EP where the lysergic texture of instrumental compositions, warbly strings, and echoing vocals that captures the rollercoaster of emotions we experience from being high.
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