Broods: Peach Review

Over the past few years, there have been several artists that have played around with tempo. Having a sudden change of tempo and instrument within a section of a song can be jarring at first, but these songs stand out for being different after continued listening. Lana Del Rey did it with the chorus of West Coast, which was considerably slower than the rest of the track. Lorde did it with the bridge of Green Light which had a sudden breakout of pianos. 

And now, Broods are doing exactly the same thing with their track, Peach. Under a new record label, the indie pop brother and sister duo from New Zealand are back after two years since the release of their sophomore album Conscious, which was one of my favourite albums of 2016. With the new record label, comes more creative control according to the pair as they welcome a new sound.

Peach, the first track off their new record due early next year, feels familiar but also different.  It blends together synth pop and indie rock which results in a strange but amazing sound.  It begins softly before exploding into this huge chorus, which is somewhat familiar to Broods tracks. What is different though, is a sudden shift in sound midway through the track.

Like Lorde’s Green Light, it features a sudden switch in instrument to a piano which features during the bridge, before breaking out into a familiar big chorus. This sudden shift is jarring at first, which I feel that people new to the band may not like if this is their first time they’ve heard the band. However, like with West Coast and Green Light, I think Peach will become a fan favourite for this sudden change of sonics midway through the song, because it makes the track stand out against the rest of their discography. I’ve already got the lyrics of the bridge stuck in my head, which is clear Peach is one to remember. 

I take from the lyrics of “I’m high, now I’m low, no control, but everything’s looking peach now” that although there are moments in life that make you feel particularly high or particularly low, everything will be alright,  which I think is a great message to have. 

Broods did a really interesting interview with NZ Herald, talking about being dropped from their record label and the repercussions of this (depression and debt), being signed to a new label and returning to release music. Take a read if you’re interested here

I’m so excited by the new chapter of Broods, their new record and sound and I can’t wait to experience it.