Release date: 28 October 2013
The electropop duo Yell for Help creates what I can’t help but assume is a response to Joy Division’s indie anthem on their debut Love Will Keep Us Together. Male/Female duet vocals play against processed elements and drum machine loops out of early-90s alternative dance music mixed with early-2010s EDM. It’s eclectic and catchy, and has the vibe of a heavier and less pretentious Passion Pit. The bland nondescript lyrics don’t do much to dispel the stereotype of shallow Generation Y 20-somethings who over-romanticize the ideals of perfect sex and everlasting love. “Rice and Beans” in particular feels like a sophomoric redux of The Beatles’ “When I’m 64.” The female vocalist’s pseudo-rapping makes me cringe. There isn’t much keeping this together, but the standout “Winter Sun” shows what incredible musical talent is hiding beneath the façade. Hopefully they’ll refine themselves on their next releases.
Good for morning shows and the Friday/Saturday Night Parties. It’s self-released.
Cuts are in bold. There is a no-play: #2.
1. Love Will Keep Us Together – (3:41)
2. Rice and Beans – (2:49)
3. Winter Sun – (4:08)
4. Trigger Happy – (3:39)
RIYL: Diamond Rings, Passion Pit, Chad Valley, Ke$ha, M.I.A.