After what seems like a long hiatus, the Stockholm duo Newtimers (Andreas Cavaco and Tim Lundblad) are back with a full project – Ego EP; five songs with a tingling 80’s vibe, pop hooks and electro-funk which doesn’t slow these multi-talented composers and performers down.
First track ‘Game Over’ takes you to a youthful place with its chilled light-funk Rufus-sounding arranged pop-soul sounds. Warm keys over soulful straightforward vocals make this opener a very pleasant one. The build-up to the final chorus with the slowed-down vocals are just…. RE-PLAYABLE!
Second song ‘Heavy Weather’ continues in the same “backseat” head-nodding manner as the first, the chord-changes gives me more of a Gnarls Barkley feel, though repetitive, takes you into a positive trance with it’s a catchy chorus.
‘She’s A Gun’ starts off as something out of a Hall & Oates album from three decades ago, fast-paced and straight to the point.
‘Trains’ has a slightly more artistic composition than the prior tracks with its stop and start instrumental and “naked” end-part, stripped-down then back to full arrangement.
The lyrics to the final song ‘Waterfall Sky’ are very reflective and thoughtful, but oh so short which makes you long for more.
MARCH 2020 EP DELETED
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Overall this is a very strong disc with a varied but still linear soulful sound. Will be great to see this slow-funk outfit in a live setting though... hopefully sometime this year.