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Broadband Shortwave-Lazy Atoms EP

February 1, 2008

Broadband Shortwave

Lazy Atoms EP

Self-released

Indie rock that includes both mellow, laid-back tracks and up-tempo rock ones.

This six-track EP from the Montana-based group Broadband Shortwave has a little bit of something for everyone. You say you like chill, smooth tunes? They are definitely here. Are you more of a rocker, who likes to nod in time to faster songs? Both styles and more are present on Broadband Shortwave’s Lazy Atoms.

The EP opens with a subdued feel in “Monster.” This song is far from boring or lackluster, however. The dreamy ascensions and build-ups add the perfect amount of momentum without sacrificing the mellow mood of the song. The lyrics in “Monster” feel like poetry and blend well with the music itself.

The next song, the EP’s title track, adds some spice with synthesizer tones that make it sound modern and a little retro at the same time. “Lazy Atoms” definitely tells a story, with vocal lines that feel conversational, but it does so in a graceful way. This song flows well into “City Lights,” which begins with a bit of a slow, psychedelic feel. It starts to really pick up about a minute in, when the drums enter forcefully and the gorgeous harmonies drive the song forward. “City Lights” gets better the longer you listen, with new musical additions that keep it fresh and interesting.

“Space Real Estate” is my favorite song on this EP, though. The thoughtful, original lyrics are delivered with wonderful clarity. They stay consistent throughout with celestial themes. It makes me want to hold someone’s hand and gaze up into the night sky. You can really get lost in this dreamy, and quietly graceful, tune.

This song contrasts somewhat strangely with the last two on Lazy Atoms. The electric guitars riffs in “Shatterhead” would suit any fan of Franz Ferdinand or the Arctic Monkeys. While it does sound a little odd immediately following “Space Real Estate,” it is a very insistent and fun rock song. The last track, “Technicolor,” continues in the same vein. But like the earlier “City Lights,” this closer gets more interesting as you listen, and really ends the EP with a bang. Overall, Lazy Atoms shows that Broadband Shortwave have a wide variety of styles and sounds, and it seems like it is going to lead to bigger and better things for this group.

Megan Morgan

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