Brooklyn quarter Sooner is the kind of band you like immediately. Seriously. I’d never heard their music before, but about ten seconds into “Humid Air,” the first track from their latest EP, Stranger, I was like, “I can dig it.”
Groovy but ethereal, with ghostly vocals floating over a distinctively indie-rock sound, the six tracks on Stranger take listeners on a journey a la Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I want to drive around in the middle of the night – or, even better, go back to those late nights walking around an empty Times Square (because, let’s be honest, that’s the only time to visit) after a few too many shots – while listening to this record.
Lead singer Federica’s vocals are delicate and emotive, awash with spacey reverb and reminiscent of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, while John, the lead guitarist, drummer Tom, and Andrew, the band’s bassist and newest addition, weave a textured, ambient soundscape. They’re the perfect mix of the familiar and the innovative, exciting energy found only in those underground indie bands we’ll all be cheering for in a few years.
The EP’s highpoint is the second track, “Notes From Underground.” The guitar is jangly and warm, Federica’s voice drifting above the mellow groove. It’s the kind of song you’d hear playing in the corner of a dive bar on a rainy winter night, drifting out of the door and into the street. It’s also the kind of song you fall in love with before the end of the first bar.