Brooklyn’s UV Rays may have started off as a bedroom pop project, but in a couple of short years they’ve gone from one person’s vision to a fully fledged indie pop rock four piece. On their new EP The Right Stuff they prove that adding pop elements to indie rock isn’t always uninviting if it’s done as well as they do it.
With a heavier approach than the typical pop band, the opening track “Overrated” shows how this foursome is different than the typical pop rock band. The jangled sensations that ring between the vocals and the guitar create a tone not really heard in indie or pop rock. This continues on the entire three song release as well. Backing vocals being done in their own way, pop structuring in the guise of indie rock rolls throughout like a ball going down a hill. Where “Girlfriend” has more of a funk touched vibe, it’s essentially pop enough to be included here. But with that, it’s the closing song “Faster Now” that really shimmers. With a melodic indie rock guitar that gets the track going, there are bridges and pre-chorus’ here that show strong songwriting and an ability to make whatever they’re touching into an upbeat song you could almost dance to if you weren’t humming along so loudly.
The EP can be streamed on all streaming platforms, it can be purchased in all digital music outlets or directly from the group’s Bandcamp page. UV Rays is set to perform at the Soundtown Festival on August 17 in New York, NY.
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