Adelaide boys Atlas Genius have come a long way from being an acoustic cover band at their local bar.
Their debut album When It Was Now hit global audiences at the peak of their popularity, and the duo have been continually touring worldwide since the release.
Showcasing a fantastic blend of indie and dance, opening track “Electric” holds an infectious beat and addictive chorus – a recurrent theme in this record that’s also seen in tracks such as “Don’t Make a Scene” and “All These Girls”.
But this album isn’t all catchy dance hooks – The two-piece manage to inject tracks with their passionate take on take on bright pop rock.
Lead single ‘Trojans’ contains enjoyable, Death Cab For Cutie-style guitar riffs that continue throughout, layered under lead singer Keith Jeffery’s smooth vocals.
While a great deal of the tracks are solid, it feels as though there’s still an aura of cheesiness throughout.
Lyrics such as as “I tried to care for a while, but I don’t feel the connection / I settled heart for a broken heart, just a scar caused by infection” seem just a tad too superficial.
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It’s safe to say that Atlas Genius deserve being the next hottest thing to come out of Adelaide, and they’ve pulled all the right moves to get a solid fan base.
For as long as they’re able to write songs about romance and heartbreak and build a song around it, Atlas Genius will be able to thrive in music.