London alternative-indie band LAPYEAR made its debut with its first ever EP, titled Comfort Underwater, on March 9. The four tracks sound vaguely like a blend of Neck Deep and Turnover and alternate between dreamy rock and leaning towards garage-y guitars.
Despite alternating between soft, underwater-sounding guitar riffs and garagey vibes on each of the four tracks, the band’s sound feels surprisingly established. With both styles, though, production is smooth and finished, leaving no unintentionally rough edges.
The EP opens with “Sloom”, a British word that is synonymous with slumber–a fitting title for this gauzy-rock track. Despite heavy, rocking drums and warped guitar, lead vocalist Scott Gear is hushed and unaggressive, even with his mildly pop-punky nasal-toned vocals.
“Hang” follows, with a drastic contrast between garage-rock guitars and a simple, melty picking pattern. The oscillation between rock and dreaminess should be jarring, but Gear’s slightly harder vocals remain a constant throughout, grounding the track. The third song, “Dry”, is closer to the first, however; it’s neither crystal-clear or totally fuzzy, feeling dense and waterlogged like “Sloom”. The melody is catchy, but this is potentially the weakest of the four songs–it’s easy to zone out during four minutes of thick music.
“Sunday” closes the EP with what may be the most pop-punky out of all four tracks. It’s reminiscent of Oasis-meets-Neck-Deep, complete with perfectly angsty lyrics (“Let me in your brain/Take me out, away/Let me in your skin/Breathe the sulfur in”).
The word “Lapyear” refers to the year in which you become older than your parents were when you were born. It signifies a maturity, and although Comfort Underwater is LAPYEAR’s debut EP, its sound displays a similar sophistication and confidence.
Originally published on Indientry on April 26, 2018.