ALBUM REVIEW: “Endless Bummer” by Young Digerati

June 05. 2012 | By Fintan Walsh

Young Digerati
Endless Bummer
[Unsigned]

There is not a whole lot you can say about the background of San Francisco band, Young Digerati, except for the fact that they hail from San Francisco. Endless Bummer is an EP that is rather suggestive of their musical background, or a lack thereof.

With built-in and specially altered keyboards and synthesizers to adapt to their mid-’80s synth-pop vibe, Young Digerati’s lead single “The Dauphin” projects a multitude of diversely stylized synth-leads cooperating harmoniously with pads that zoom in the background. Aesthetically, it is a mainstream-esque electronic piece driven by obvious Pet Shop Boys vocals. Mechanically, it seems obsolete. Cut Copy, Sia, Temper Trap, and other Victorian acts alike, that are inspired by the same era, offer the virtuoso effect that this youthful band are aiming for. Nonetheless, their efforts are marketable and close to the aforementioned.

For a debut, the attempt at a four-piece EP is modest and does not overstate an ego. Fuse the liquid-slick bass in “A Matter of Perspective,” the subtle drum-machine in “Timescape” and, perhaps, a perfected version of the spear-head synth in “Peak Performance,” and you’ve got a grand compound. Endless Bummer is a possible prequel to an unavoidable bookmark in their synth-pop career.

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