Tomorrow We Leave Here
Poor Sailors Arts Productions
The six tracks that make up this new EP/mini-album from Urbantramper will not surprise fans of the previous work from this Wellington-based group. It’s that same mix of electro/dance with pop sing/song instincts.
In fact it’s a fine follow-up to last year’s superb Internet Freedom Is Love, in that it’s a smart move to follow up a great full-lengther with a single-serve rather than another big scoop. This EP offers all you need from Urbantramper, a mini-epic in Sail On, a crawling late-night mood-swing with My Heart Beats Slow and a sea shanty as reimagined for the file-sharing crowd with Great Open Sea. It’s best served in fact by the single line description on the Bandcamp page of “Electric Sea Shanties written for the Poor Sailors Arts Production”; there is something almost folkish/folksy about the way the songs curl around the vocals, the musical backdrop is all but phased in and out around soaring vocals on Sailor.
I loved Internet Freedom Is Love and Tomorrow We Leave Here is a smart move to follow-up. The cult is well served by this, and new fans can take a bite without committing to the whole meal. But there’s a lot to like about the work of Urbantramper, a lot of depth. They seem to create the po-faced version of what, I’m sure, so many people figure to be ironic. There’s no irony here. Just smart song-craft, strong bedsit ideas and a fearless commitment to exploring new spaces for a pop song to rest.