“Frequency Illusion” wanders cheerfully from thought to thought, never pausing long enough to get bogged down. The five-song EP is light-hearted and whimsical, with a slight melancholy edge that stops it from being saccharine. Gentle rhythms carry the songs peacefully towards their endings, like boats bobbing along in a light current. Depending on your mood, these are tracks that could provoke dance parties or cause deep reflection. Whether singing about unrequited love or learning to move on, Young Earth is honest and direct. But each tragic situation is spun into something hopeful, the unhappiness already fading into the background in favor of an optimistic viewpoint. There is a lovely ambiguity to the EP, a duality of emotion that inevitably leaves the listener with a sense of bittersweetness after the last strains of “Let Go” have faded.
Title track “Frequency Illusion” is softly plaintive, breaks between verses leaving space for steady, rolling instrumentals. “Worth It” is wonderfully and unrepentantly love-struck, the vocals managing to be simultaneously carefree and daringly hopeful. The most upbeat track on “Frequency Illusion” is “Got a Secret,” which amps the EP up to dance-ready with playful guitars and driving drums. It’s as close to an indie rock song as the EP gets; and is appropriately dance-inducing, without leaving behind the enchanting bittersweetness that characterizes “Frequency Illusion.” “Undercover” continues where “Got a Secret” left off, corkscrewing guitar riffs and lively vocals digging deeper into indie rock. The last track on the EP is “Let Go.” The track starts off slow, with intimate vocals and bared drums, before taking on a cinematic feel, wistful and nostalgic ambience underscoring the gentle vocals and contemplative lyrics.
“Frequency Illusion” is the music that plays over the closing credits of a much-loved TV show: bittersweet and beautiful.
Favorites: “Let Go,” “Got a Secret,” “Worth It”
Similar to: Circa Waves, The Academic, Harlea
Listen to “Frequency Illusion” here.