The Neighbourhood have released a free 5-track debut EP, I’m Sorry… It contains two of the California act’s previously released and well-received singles Female Robbery and Sweater Weather.
You can download direct from the Neighbourhood web-site – all it costs is an email address, but make sure it’s one you can use to pick up the actual download link for the zip-file of the ep. In all, it’s 18 minutes of free music in good quality MP3’s (at 320kbps, if you care about that sort of thing).
If you’re more an iTunes kind of person you can also go there, but you will have to pay.
The Neighbourhood have a melancholy sound with undercurrents of Lana Del Rey melodrama and decidedly sinister arrangements, evident on openers Female Robbery and Leaving Tonight. Switch to a big 70’s (maybe a little Led Zep) sound on Baby Came Home, then it’s back to catchy guitar-pop and their California roots on Sweater Weather, rounding off with a Del Rey state of US-disillusion on Wires. The first and last tracks are singles previously released so you may have heard them on hipper radio stations.
With a charismatic front-man mixing genres from hip hop to experimental Indie rock and 70’s throwback sounds, these are catchy songs, well put together. The downside is they are not nearly so distinctive as the music press would have you believe, so this EP may sound familiar right from the get-go. Judge that a plus or minus point as you will.
The Neighbourhood is an interesting band with strong narrative songs and clever lyrics, not off the main-stream so much as running down a parallel track. It’ll be interesting to hear what the next couple of singles and an album bring. SC