There is something about power pop that I absolutely love. The eclectic combination of catchy guitar chords, an upbeat tempo, adorable lyrics and a sense of stark raving mad energy just appeals to me in a way that I cannot explain. Throw in an overtone of straight-up indie rock and you have recipe for creating music that will get me on my feet and grooving.
If that was Allison Weiss’s goal with her brand new EP Remember When then she has achieved it. She delivers an eccentric blend of upbeat pop catchiness and indie rock sensibility which you cannot help but to find addictive to listen to her. There may be nothing incredibly unique about her music, it is straight-up female fronted indie power pop – but that doesn’t matter. She captures your heart and soul by having stunning vocals served with a tasty side dish of acoustic guitar and kick and snare drums.
Remember When bursts open with the self-titled “Remember When”. It is a healthy dose of adorably upbeat jangling guitar chords with a repetitive kick drum in the background. The true strength of this song is Weiss’s voice. She has this soft, melodic voice with a high pitched edge to it. It is a voice that I could fall in-love with – and possibly already have. “Remember When” is one of those typical songs about being stuck in a relationship that isn’t really going anyway and is slowly fading. She reminisces on the past with the lyrics of “So long ago/ you let me/ I’m no-one now/ but I remember when.”
“Giving Up” crackles open with stuttering electric guitar riffs before opening up into synth undertones, snare drums and your standard four chord riff. It is an upbeat song revolving around the theme of ending of a relationship and questioning what is the point of dating anyway. This progresses into the equally upbeat “The Fall”, a song about being young and in-love but then having reality shatter that illusion of love.
“Call Your Girlfriend” is the true winner on this EP. Weiss turns an 80s inspired disco song by Swedish singer-songwriter Robyn into a tragic acoustic ballad. Weiss’s vocals reveal their true potential as she delivers a vocal performance punctuated by a sense of sadness as she instructs somebody how to break-up with somebody. She delivers the touching lyric of: “Don’t you tell her that I give you something that you never even knew you missed / Don’t you even try to explain how it is so much different when we kiss / you just tell her how the only way her heart mend is when she learns to love again.”
The EP ends on a happier note with the folksy “Take You Back” which is a relatively adorable song about deciding to take somebody back. It is a rather fitting end for an EP revolving around ending relationships. Weiss delivers a truly fantastic performance on this EP by delivering relatable lyrics backed up by a stunning voice and a simple instrumental set-up. It paints you a visual image of sitting around a campfire on a summer’s evening and singing with your friends. This is one of those EPs that deserve a spot in your summer playlist – or your break-up mix. Whatever floats your boat.