The Boston-based band Hooray For Earth cites "fantasy worlds, muscle cars, zombies, and constant sleep deprivation" among its influences, so it's no surprise the group's new, self-titled album swells with both excitement and desperation.
It begins with a distant, fuzzy, thumping bass on the opening track "Want Want Want," and slowly builds, before erupting with crunchy guitars and melodies. At the height of this intoxicating crescendo, the crux of the song is finally revealed in a shower of "I want to love, I want to love, I want to love, I want to love." This feel-good anthem captures the album's overall optimism and earnestness, though it isn't maudlin or overwrought.
With an ear for both '80s-inspired synth pop and contemporary indie rock sensibilities, Hooray For Earth falls somewhere between The Magnetic Fields and Voxtrot. At the very moments when the music threatens to become one-dimensional or predictable, something unexpected emerges, like a series of offbeat and unexpected pauses in the aptly named track "Heartbeat," or the interjection of a slower ballad like "Magazines."
Though Hooray for Earth outfit has been busy with both the release of an EP last spring and the recent re-release of Hooray For Earth, this tenacious quartet has already stepped back into the recording studio to begin work on its next album, which singer and arranger Noel Heroux says he is "optimistically anxious to finish and release."