Same Eyes: Desperate Ones LP (self-released, 2022)

April 6, 2022 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Same Eyes: Desperate Ones LP

Same Eyes is an Ann Arbor-based duo consisting of Chad Pratt (Midwest Product, Hydropark, Morsel) and Alex Hughes. Their second LP features several veterans of the area’s music scene (Fred Thomas, Dykehouse, Serge van der Voo), and was mastered by Warren Defever at Third Man Records in Detroit. The album is a faithful throwback to the New Romantic synth pop era. They don’t have a major label budget, but this is still widescreen, pop-minded music rather than basement minimal synth freakouts, with yelping vocals and starry melodies. The compact stomp of “Held High” is a standout, and “Pavillion” has an infectious electro-disco bassline. “Radio Moscow” is an adrenaline spike of discotheque drama, and “Recess” is breezy enough that you might overlook the fact that Hughes says “who bought your underwear” in the chorus. The more club-ready “Remnants of Fire” concludes the album, by which point I remembered that San Serac was a thing during the 2000s.

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