Midi Matilda, ‘‘Red Light District EP’’ (Five Seven Music)
San Francisco-based electro pop duo Midi Matilda pulls the rug out from under your feet with their six-track debut EP, ‘‘Red Light District.’’ Having joined forces just a year ago, with names like Logan Grime and Skyler Kilborn, they couldn’t have been anything other than a pair of poets in disguise as musicians. Their peppy sound strides the line between modern pop and homage 1980s with aplomb and manages to capture a certain joie de vivre and a youthful hopefulness without sounding derivative.
‘‘Day Dreams’’ transports you to a wistful day of reverie and ‘‘Love and the Movies’’ veers into a strange time-bending territory where you feel you've heard bits and pieces of the synth, yet you’re dislocated into the unknown. And ‘‘Ottawa’’ pulses through your feet with lyrics like: ‘‘Unsure lady, if there’s room for you and I, you’re pouring your concrete and it’s taking time for it to dry.’’
Put on your dancing shoes.
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