Cash+David drop the first part of a dual EP
Defined on social media as ‘Electro Pop’ the emerging electro duo Cash+David clearly deliver this well with ‘Side I – EP’. The pair take a mystique approach to synth pop that musters 90’s house music while juggling softer moments of indie rock styles.
‘Alright Now’ features a synthetic synth hook that gives a nod to Kid A by Radiohead. With a progressive motion to their songs, the gentle vocal sparkles their forward thinking sound. One of the more stronger and memorable choruses on the EP ‘When You’re Lonely” flaunts the lyric “Do you think about me?”. A regular vocal hook, although it’s slightly sounds overused, it makes for a powerful statement within the song. The coherency of this release takes a turn on the last remaining song, as it doesn’t justify the EP’s potential. ‘Ain’t Got Time’ holds an upbeat notion of the instrumental doesn’t sit as well with the vocal. Having a flow of relaxed synth pop wonders stacked with guns blazing house track sounds counter intuitive.
The lyrics possess similar themes and each song you expect to drop into a big chorus. The second half’s prominent dance influence takes precedence, throughout it the vocal performance stays grounded. The EP boasts a sleek and promiscuous style, one could relate to Jessie Ware. They seem to dissociate themselves from indie rock guitars and delve into synth pop. Perhaps the ‘Side II – EP’ to be released in the distant future will combat with more angst feelings aligned with more indie rock instrumentation like in their previous releases.
‘Side I – EP’ makes for the kind of music that works as a comedown for ravers and sits happily with indie fans. Perhaps it’s the combination of minimalistic beats with invasive vocal hooks, leaves you intrigued. With ambiguous synth leads and sensitive lyrics you are left wanting to explore more of the meaning of these songs and to be involved with a story.
‘Side I – EP’ is out now via Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
This Cash+David article was written by Christian Graham, a GIGsoup contributor