Reviews Neon Cities Toulouse

Neon Cities

Toulouse

The fourth in a string of 2018 releases from Denver-based synth duo Neon Cities, the Toulouse single presents a pair of tracks that showcase distinct sides of the group's sound. With warm synth and hazy, barely there vocals placed on top of a relaxed rhythm and buzzing bass groove,the more pop-oriented title track creates a nostalgic 1980s vibe replete with a bubbling and hopeful chorus. Despite keyboard work that is, at times, rather busy, "Toulouse" is chilled out and almost soothing. As its name suggests, second track "Storm on the Isle" has a more pensive, maybe even slightly haunting mood built around arpeggios. The track conveys, to me, a sense of loneliness, but never becomes outright bleak. A fine audio mix is showcased here in the form of rumbling thunder that sporadically eases in and out of hearing range. Though the single doesn't offer anything particularly mind-blowing, I don't think that was ever the goal. Toulouse is nothing if not pleasant to listen to, especially during a laid back, quiet moment.

7.0 / 10Andy
Advertisement
Radio K 2
Leave a comment

7.0 / 10

7.0 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
Radio K 2
Recent reviews

Neighborhood Brats

Claw Marks

8.6 / 10 Neighborhood Brats - Claw Marks album cover

I’ve always liked Neighborhood Brats, but I don’t remember the band having so much variation in sound. Over 11 songs, this record maintains their melodic and forward-moving punk but with ...

The Sidekicks

Happiness Hours

8.0 / 10 The Sidekicks - Happiness Hours album cover

The Sidekicks are a band that I still pay attention to past my “punk only years”—you know, the years of my youth when only punk music and anything within that ...

Mozes and the Firstborn

Dadcore

7.5 / 10 Mozes and the Firstborn - Dadcore album cover

Part parody and part homage to guitar music, Dutch four-piece Mozes and the Firstborn have set a new tone with their American-tinged third album Dadcore. The album's name comes from guitar ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.