Author: Aaron Grych
The album begins explosively with the track “Going Nowhere,” a groovy, energetic song whose fuzzed-out guitars, sonically-charged rhythms and driving drumbeat are sure to leave your head bobbing. The song then transitions into the ethereal “Count Me Out” so smoothly that it is impossible to tell where one song ends and the other begins. In this instance, lead singer Waldo Wittenmyer’s vocal chops are on full display, nailing a high pitched vibrato on the track’s catchy chorus. Overall, Aroma is an extremely melody-based work, placing emphasis on vocals and surrounding it with airy, somewhat minimalist rhythm sections. On “Estranged” and “Lights on in the Kitchen,” dreamy guitars float around Wittenmyer’s distinctive voice, creating two distinctly summery songs that are the perfect accompaniments to a road trip. The band switches up their sound a bit on “1000 Times,” opting for chunky guitar sounds with a hint of Middle Eastern influence, setting itself apart as one of the album’s more raucous tracks. The album’s penultimate track, “Not a Secret” is the funkiest one of the bunch, using a driving bass and guitar beat accented by an old school sounding organ playing behind a rising guitar melody. All in all, Aroma is not an album you should let slip under your radar this summer.
Sounds like: Phoenix, The War on Drugs
Essential Tracks: “Going Nowhere”, “Not a Secret”, “Lights on in the Kitchen” & “Count Me Out”