There's a famous Supreme Court case, Jacobellis v. Ohio
, where Justice Potter Stewart said the line between legally obscene materials is thin and he knows it when he sees it. It's bad jurisprudence that leads to a slippery slope of censorship (even though he ruled that the French film in question wasn't pornographic), but it's also a true fact of life. There are thin lines that we can't describe -- even those of us who write for a living and find the notion of ineffability to be anathema to our existence -- and genuine personality in music is one of those lines. Is this band working within an established sonic landscape bringing something personable and new to this field or are they manufactured imitators? I can't perfectly delineate that difference but I know it when I hear it and WAVE & ROME
is an act with personality to spare.
WAVE & ROME is an artist rooted in electronic pop without feeling like it was ripped screaming out of the 1980s (and I say this as someone in love with the New Romantics/synthpop revivalism we're experiencing). It uses electronic pop and massive hooks that Walk the Moon would be proud of to create an otherworldly experience. We're premiering WAVE & ROME's debut EP, Across the Map
, and it creates the sensation you got the first time you heard My Head Is An Animal
by Of Monsters and Men. It creates the illusion of being invited into a secret world of WAVE & ROME's creation but it does this while still crafting larger than life pop hooks. That shouldn't be possible. But like those Icelandic superstars I mentioned earlier, WAVE & ROME makes this feel effortless.
Check out the EP below and grab remixes of the EP's five tracks for free here
. You can also pre-order the EP from iTunes here