Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection is “No Love” by Hooray for Earth, from their debut full-length True Loves on Dovecote Records.
After the lukewarm reception to MGMT‘s sophomore LP Congratulations due to the distinct lack of hits like “Kids” and “Time to Pretend” (a conscious decision by the band), many were left looking for the next starry-eyed, synth-rocking glam band to bemoan the death of innocence. Enter Hooray for Earth, a quartet of Brooklynites who know how to craft elegant, catchy, fun pop that won’t strain your brain. Building on their acclaimed EP Momo, the band’s debut full-length is chock-full of upbeat, passion-filled electropop jams that’ll move your feet. Drawing from psychedelic influences that call to mind Yeasayer, Hooray for Earth sound like a poppier version of their contemporaries Passion Pit and The Naked & Famous, another group that’s drawn comparisons to early MGMT.
Hooray for Earth manages to combine all of these elements into a debut album that’s every bit as thrilling as lead single “No Love,” a swirling romp of glitzy synths and stampeding percussion that’ll make even the harshest skeptics reconsider the synthesizer. Mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Blonde Redhead, Delorean, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio), the album was composed, recorded, and produced almost entirely by band leader Noel Heroux, and serves as an intimate glance into the mind of a man who’s clearly on his A-game. It’s an exciting time for the band, who’s already appeared onstage supporting acts like Mission of Burma, Holy Fuck, Surfer Blood, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Catch a free download of “No Love” above, and check out the band’s clip for the title track from True Loves below.