Get People are a UK-based electronica trio comprised of Caspar Leonard, Dom Goldsmith and Martin Rooney who have just released their new EP, Harmonize. We deliberately ignored the American spelling and focused on the four tracks on offer on the band’s latest release.
The EP begins with ‘Something Better’, a strong enough offering, on which the band emote over new beginnings to a skipping beat and a dragging bass line; ‘Symptoms of a future that can be something that suits you better’ are just one line which summarises the lyrical content of the song. The track is enhanced by a double chorus which means that there is definitely a discernible hook.
Next up is ‘Macaw’, which begins with a low hum before breaking out into a drum n bass-style rhythm, accompanied by a distant guitar riff. The chorus consists of ‘We went to Venus / We went to Mars / You should have been there too / You should have gone / Don’t hold onto those summer blues’, continuing a melancholy theme of bittersweet regret. The track speeds up somewhat towards the end and doesn’t adhere to the usual verse-chorus-verse-chorus-instrumental-chorus structure, which makes it refreshing and interesting.
‘Sanctum’ provides yet another catchy beat, as well as clicks and tinkles. It’s all very, well, nice. But that’s all it is. It meanders along perfectly pleasantly but ultimately supplies nothing to make you want to hit the replay button. The track is crying out for a heavier bass line and has potential were it to fall into the hands of a decent remixer.
Finale track ‘Grove’ opens with a 90-second instrumental before the barely decipherable vocals kick in. Almost reminiscent of early Chicane output, this final effort is prototype Ibiza chill-out material. Yet again, it’s passable in that it’s not unpleasant to listen to. However, it certainly is no aural orgasm ever. It simply serves to bring this distinctly average EP to a calm and collected close. There are no giant errors of judgement to found on Harmonize. In fact, it’s a well-constructed EP with high quality production values. The bottom line is, though, we would be unlikely to part with coin of the realm for it – but give it to us as a free download and we’d happily stick it on post-hangover on a Sunday.
Go Get It: ‘Macaw’
Forget It: ‘Sanctum’