Math and Physics Club – Weekends Away EP

Math and Physics Club
Weekends Away EP

I guess I’m a little behind, reviewing Seattle, Washington’s Math and Physics Club’s EP Weekends Away just a few short days after the band released its new EP, Movie Ending Romance. That new EP is probably in my to-review pile somewhere, which is dangerously tall and teetering precariously, but I try and I try to make a dent in it and get to the music I like and want to tell you about, so if I’m just now getting to this EP, released only a few months ago, please forgive me, and let me tell you about this fun little pop band.

Math and Physics Club must be doing something right, as the boys (and girl) caught the attention of indie-pop stalwart Matinee Recordings and has become the only American band on the respected label. Don’t fear any drastic style changes from what you may expect from Matinee, though; this is still crisp, sweet, and lovely indie pop that will make you dance one moment and swoon in joy the next.

From the opening, crisp guitar and echoed vocals on the title track, I can’t help but love this band. The beat is upbeat and airy, the guitar rich with reverb, the female vocals mixing in sweetly in the background, lyrics of driving all night and spending lazy hours with a loved one: it’s all put together brilliantly. “Sixteen and Pretty” is quieter, focused on acoustic guitar and a more subtle melody but with a nice mix of tambourine, keys, and strings floating effortlessly in the background. “Love, Again” feels much more like a classic Belle & Sebastian song with some Lucksmiths mixed in, the guitar effects giving the song a beautiful tone, and the strings in the background lending a kind of moodiness to the upbeat song about love. And “When We Get Famous” shows the band has a love for classic Smiths songs, even in the lo-fi production quality of this upbeat song.

Summertime is meant for indie pop. While there are many more lighthearted and bouncy than Math and Physics Club, this band has a sincerity that some of the too-sweet bands lack, and there’s quite obviously a tremendous amount of talent here. What I like is that the band doesn’t knock you over the head with the dulcet strings or studio effects, instead using them subtly and sweetly around a foundation clearly based on pure pop. I’ll be tracking down my copy of Movie Ending Romance now to get me through the next summer month.