Greenhorse – Transcontinentle

Greenhorse - Transcontinentle

Greenhorse - Transcontinentle

The title presumably refers to Greenhorse’s early efforts at writing music from a distance, with one member of this duo in LA, the other in London. But Transcontinentle relays electro-pop music that is neither here nor there. These tracks are disposable.

Instruments listed include an upright and electric bass, acoustic guitar, drum machines, synth, piano, and vocal. But Transcontinentle is pretty much just a synth and drum machine composition. With nods to dance and R&B stylings, it imparts a vague Postal Service vibe, but does so without the benefit of Ben Gibbard’s songwriting skill and pleasantly resigned vocal. Greenhorse vocals stray from passable to annoying. The worst comes when these guys emote themselves right out of their range, such as the falsetto on “Irreversible” or the extended chorus on “Finally Human”.

The best vocal performance here comes on the opener, “Hot Nights”. Sadly, this song never grabs you. Likewise, “Finally Human” takes danceable, uplifting pop right off the rack. But the appeal it seems to have soon fades quickly when out from under the store lights. There, at home in your hands, it just seems trite.

If only the rest of Transcontinentle had ever known such past glories.

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