I do my best to give every album someone sends me a fair shake. But when the first line of the email reads “We’re an experimental psych-pop group from Birmingham, Alabama,” well, my mind immediately thinks it’s a joke. Here is a list of things I know about music in Alabama: Muscle Shoals, “Sweet Home Alabama,” Wilson Pickett. That’s literally my whole list. Luckily I thought “This is probably the only submission you’ll ever get from Alabama, so what the heck.” And guess what? It’s actually a pretty good record.
Not so much psych-pop as electropop, Remedies new record Believers is a good listen that can be put right alongside some of recent albums I’ve really enjoyed like Blake Sennett’s new band Night Terrors Of 1927. It’s got a mix of 80’s new wave and early 90’s R&B grooves that is very pleasant while not being overly polite. They’ve also found a way to make the music eerily undanceable. Where most bands would want to get into the crowd-pleasing radio arena, Remedies goes a more interesting route.
The eight tracks found on Believers were recorded over a span of 10 months, so they had plenty of time to tinker with things and decide how they wanted the album to sound. Smartly, they didn’t try to get too clever, and they saved the best for last so you’ll want to hear a lot more from Remedies in the future.
The title track closes out the record, and it is easily the best song in the collection. The vocals and music mesh perfectly and it has a chorus that I could see teenagers singing along with loudly when they take their parents car out for their first drive alone. It’s Duran Duran meets Zapp & Rogers in the best way possible.
You can pick up this record for FREE from their bandcamp page and I highly recommend checking it out.