Siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott are Broods, an electronic pop duo from Auckland, New Zealand who have made big waves in their native country and are starting to create a buzz in the States. Their single "Never Gonna Change" was my introduction to Broods and upon first listen I thought I was hearing a new Imogen Heap single. Georgia's voice is certainly reminiscent of Immi's, and also calls to mind vocalists like Ruth-Ann Boyle of Olive.
The duo's music is also in the same realm as Heap, pop tunes with a strong electronic component. Multi-instrumentalist Caleb produces and provides backing vocals, while younger sister Georgia tops things off with a rich voice perfectly suited for the keyboard and synth heavy backdrops. Don't let their young ages fool you, Caleb is 21 and Georgia just 19, this is mature, intelligent pop music. The duo have also enlisted the help of producer Joel Little, best known for his Grammy Award winning work with Lorde, to help with their ascension in the music world and on the charts.
"Bridges" is the best known Broods song here in the States, currently still going strong on the Alternative Songs chart. It peaked at number eight in their home country and continues to expand the duo's fan base in the U.S. "Bridges" joins five other songs on this, their self-titled debut EP. All six songs are top shelf electronic pop, from the chilly ballads "Sleep Baby Sleep" and "Taking You There" to the chopped up vocals of the upbeat "Pretty Thing". "Coattails" and "Never Gonna Change" round out a flawless EP that only leaves me in great anticipation for the expected full length due this summer. Big things are to be expected of Broods.
Favorite tracks: "Never Gonna Change", "Coattails", "Bridges", "Taking You There"
Broods was released in the U.S. February 4, 2014 as a digital download via Capitol Records.