One of the most striking features of tropical rockers Habitats is their concept of a “floating” frontman. The idea matches their sound in a way which is fluid and funky and is summed up nicely in the chorus of Floating together: “feeling alive, we’re feeling, let’s all just float together”.
Jungles is their second EP which follows their debut EP Diamond Days that was released a year ago. The four track EP is bound to have your attention from the get go. Kicking off with Boogy Waltzer, a drum infused tune with lots of “ohs” and “ahs”, Habitats get you going for a night out.
Don’t you ever wanna feel like someone else tonight?
Should Know Better picks up where Boogy Waltzer left off with the tropical drums ever prominent. If I didn’t know any better (pun intended), I’d have thought this was a Little Comets song (minus their signature lyrical whimsy) which is mainly due to the falsetto employed.
Penultimate track Float Together gives me serious Bee Gees vibes, there’s a fair bit of Saturday Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive in this grove. The title track runs just under 6 minutes making it twice as long as any of the other songs on the EP. The signature drums are here to stay and make way for a ferocious instrumental finale.
Habitats have found their niche somewhere between the groove of Bombay Bicycle Club, the vocals of Little Comets and the catchy melodies of Two Door Cinema Club. The Jungles EP is fun, catchy, well produced but offers little novelty compared to their previous effort or the bands they are compared to. Come the full length, they might want to add a little lyrical depth and musical diversity to really anchor their sound.
Jungles is out today via Decibel Collective and available from all digital retailers. The celebrate the EP’s release, the band will play a run of shows across the UK this March. Tour dates are below.
Also published on Medium.