The first song that really caught my ear was "Heavenly Mouse Routine". As an emo kid of yesteryear, I really dug the style of this track. As if Sunny Day Real Estate were an 80s band. The 80s influences were present throughout Small World. "There Was A Window" puts it on full display with a super sexy Sade sound. Tug Of War felt like it went a bit out on the limb creatively. However, I feel like the branch held the weight.
At times Small World gets a little beach rock-y. Not a knock, just an observation. I definitely enjoyed this album. Well produced and written. Even the songs that weren't standouts were toe-tappers. Gamblers leaves you wanting a bit more with the last song, Give Yourself Into Love. As the title suggest, it drops you off on the corner of sexy & soothing. For all of my fellow emo kids from 2001, if you've ever been curious what a lo-fi Saves The Day sounds like, pickup this album.
Gambler - Small World
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Missing Piece Group / Symphonic
Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, Two Door Cinema Club