The honeymoon period with music, as is with most things, can be short lived and often misleading. Conversely, as time goes on, the audible majesty can settle upon you with a warmth of nostalgia like a dear friend or comforting film.
Meticulously harnessing dreamlike audible landscapes in their debut, the bar was set high for Geowulf’s sophomore release. The honeymoon period set in motion by Great Big Blue was packed with vibrant, blazing imagery and happiness. Geowulf looked to ride the wave of infectious tones and sonic landscapes of Great Big Blue, but in their sophomore release My Resignation Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin step out of the shoegaze pop styles to a more full-bodied immediate presence.
Maintaining their successful sunshine-in-a-bottle sound, My Resignation, crafts a dichotomy of airy happiness, opening with the title track, which upon closer listen is not all rainbows and butterflies, but a bold endeavor in finding oneself through someone else. Geowulf could not have kicked off the record in a better way.
Reaching and blending what we’ve all come to love from the duo, Geowulf embodies beach pop with purpose. The flow of My Resignation brilliantly resembles a formidable pop beauty with teeth of poetic bliss. Reflecting on one’s personal inner dialogue, the synth-drifting electro vibes open a door into an alternate dimension where it is safe to come to terms with your emotions under a sky full of colors in the hue of the 90s (“Lonely”) and shapes that are as deep as they are wide (“Evolution”) while embodying tough love, wrapping their arms around you as if to say everything is going to be alright.
What separates My Resignation from Great Big Blue is the subtle blurring of lines. It is all too easy to lose track of time or pinpoint even one track over others. The mixture that is My Resignation becomes one of maturity and meaning. Like the end of a John Hughes movie, the glory and synth of the honeymoon phase is in the past, but deep down we’re left with a sound to let us know this is where we want to be; a sound we can come back to for comfort. It is a sound firmly orbiting the galaxy of pop, carrying an enormous weight and presence, Geowulf confidently carries a flag for a world all their own. A world I want so badly to live in.
Greg is a co-founder and regular contributor of Nanobot Rock