By Rob van Alstyne
By Zach McCormick
By Emily Eveland
By Jack Spencer
By Michael Madden
By Reed Fischer
By Emily Weiss
By Emily Weiss
"Nostalgia" Like the feeling it's named after, "Nostalgia" is intense, incandescent, and fleeting. Keyboards vibe-vamp by like foot traffic viewed from a basement window; samples vehicular and oceanic breeze in and out of the peripheral ambiance. Soft-focus daydreams seize the mind's eye, then they're vapor.
"Sweat It Out" Paul Rudd's I Love You, Man character might be the epitome of the ideal boyfriend, but summer-jam singer/producer extraordinaire Dream? Like a consummate gentleman, he warns you—pre-intercourse, yet—that the love you're about to make will be so seismically insane that it'll tear your mane up. "Girl, call Atisha, your beautician/Cause your hair is gon' need fixin', yeahh," he coos, later offering to cover the beauty shop damage. Damn! Somewhere, Smoove B is mean-muggin' it.
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" The joke is that this song isn't about car insurance, like, at all; it's about how men are pigs.
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"I Came on Too Strong for That Animal" Root around on their last.fm page and you'll find a cache of what sound like deranged Flying Saucer Attack vocal demos. "Animal," though, is waaay more hardcore punk primitive. What's that Rick James used to say? "Cocaine is a helluva drug."
These fellas probably just wanted to bust out a rampaging, post-Sightings noise bomb, but "Income" sums up the "fuck bonus-collecting financial-institution CEOs" zeitgeist rather well.