Since the release of their eponymous debut EP, Broods, early this year, Broods have been rapidly gaining recognition across the globe, and the brother-sister duo show no signs of stopping with the release of their debut album Evergreen.
Having been performing together since childhood, Caleb and Georgia Nott have finally settled on a sound as Broods, and along with the help of fellow Kiwi songwriter and producer Joel Little – who you may recognise as the man behind Lorde’s single ‘Royals’ as well as a large part of her debut album – they look to be in very safe hands.
The songwriting throughout the album is consistently great, and even in the sadder themed tracks the production works to create an infectious and enthralling final product. Georgia, the principal lyricist, writes like she’s been doing it all her life, and though barely twenty years old, turns her self-proclaimed ‘forte’ of break up songs into more than just throwaway moody adolescent pop.
“And I hate that I can’t say your name/ Without feeling like I’m part of the blame/ And it’s never gonna feel quite the same/ But it’s never gonna change”
There is a good pace to the album, taking you through the bright and the bleak in a variety of tempos and intensities; from the powerful chorus in “Everytime”, bringing it all down to really focus on Georgia’s vocals in “Medicine”, then finishing off the album with the far more positive “Superstar”.
Having got a chance to see them earlier this year, it’s clear that they aren’t just well produced, but also very talented both in and outside of the studio. Though there can’t have been more than fifty people in the tent that day, they both gave everything they had to offer, and, much like her writing, Georgia performed like she’d been touring for years. Most importantly though, they looked like they were absolutely loving it, a quality that many artists tend to forget sometimes.
It can seem that their particular brand of indie synth pop does tend to blur from song to song at times, and could do with a less electronic track just to break the album up a little. That isn’t to say that Broods can’t write something different though. For me, the biggest omission from the album is the stirring acoustic guitar based ‘Taking You There’ from the Broods EP. As a result, the album does lack that extra dimension, and also doesn’t get much of an opportunity to hear Caleb’s vocals, though hearing Georgia’s contributions would perhaps give a good indication as to why that is. However, Evergreen is still an excellent debut for the duo and leaves plenty of room to grow and improve for their next release.