by Evan Cook
Catchy, minimalistic, heartfelt, and honest are all words to describe the two-piece pop band SALES. From their hometown of Orlando, Florida, SALES is currently on tour promoting their self-released, self-titled first full length LP. Vocalist Lauren Morgan’s subdued voice over a steady electronic drum machine, filled out by reverbed guitars give a sense of familiarity while still presenting the listener with a fresh sound. Songs like “Ivy” and “Crash” will leave you wanting to relax in your bedroom for hours while submitting to guitarist Jordan Shih’s twinkly, melodic riffs. As the album progresses, the duo begins to adventure more into trip-hop territory with songs like “Big Sis” and “Mondays”. Although clearly influenced by a lot of contemporary indie artists, at certain points throughout the record (such as the short interlude “Be My Baby”) the duo gives a nod to more classic pop/rock artists of the past. For fans of bands such as Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Youth Lagoon, this lo-fi two-piece will not disappoint. Do not sleep on this up-and-coming group, for they will be sure to gain more popularity in the near future. Make sure to grab your tickets for their performance at World Cafe Live downstairs in Philadelphia on October 11.