Imperial Teen – Feel the Sound

January 01, 1970

(Merge)

 

www.mergerecords.com

 

With half a
dozen albums under their collective belts and an affinity for gay-friendly
sentiments, San Francisco’s
Imperial Teen offers a sound that borrows heavily from ‘80s-era pop and a
chirpy dance-driven affinity. That’s all too apparent on Feel The Sound, the quartet’s most embraceable effort to date.

 

While opening
track “Runaway” delivers minor chords and a relatively restrained vocal, it’s
buoyed by a thump and bounce that belies any downcast intent. The punchy “Last
To Know” boasts a rhythmic riff that could easily have intro’ed a classic Hall
and Oates hit, while similarly propulsive “Over His Head,” “Hanging About” and
“All the Same” help ensure that the merry mood remains intact. In fact, “It’s
You” sounds like it could have been plucked from the Go-Gos repertoire, given
its over the top ebullience and super sunny disposition. To cap the
proceedings, the foursome takes a slightly stoic stance on the closing cut
“Overtaken,” buoying it with a swelling refrain that elevates the song to
anthemic proportions. Regardless, analysis seems a moot point as far as
Imperial Teen is concerned. With Feel The
Sound
, it’s only the music that matters and the urge to enjoy it couldn’t
be more compelling.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Last To Know,” “Overtaken,” “It’s
You” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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