Hooray for Earth




Noel Heroux, the leader of Brooklyn-based Hooray for Earth, described his songwriting inspiration as “I get more emotionally affected by extremes.”  And despite their cheery band name, this song from debut album True Loves finds the band embracing a darker brand of synthpop, dripping with ominous synthesizers and reverb-drenched vocals.  Regardless of the inevitable comparisons to modern synthpop groups such as MGMT and Passion Pit, “Sails” instead harkens back to the 80’s and owes more to Depeche Mode and new wave.  But ultimately it’s the earworm of a melody that makes the song; it’s a pop song at heart and a fantastic one at that.