Review: Stephie Coplan & The Pedestrians (EP)

Over the last year or so, I've made a concious effort to broaden my music horizons. I'm not just randomly going out and listening to whatever I come across, but if someone recommends something to me, I'll give it a shot, even when I might have dismissed it in the past.

Sometimes, this has worked out very poorly. In those cases, I just delete the tracks from my iTunes library and move on. But other times it's worked out very well, to the point where something I might not have listened to at all two years ago ends up getting played on repeat for weeks at a time.

That's the case with the debut EP from Stephie Coplan and The Pedestrians, a five-song musical piece of perfection. The lead single, "Jerk" -- which has been getting some radio play in the Boston area and has a video available on YouTube (embedded after the jump) -- is probably the most mainstream alt rock (there's an oxymoron if there ever was one) of the five tracks, eschewing Coplan's quality piano work for driving guitars and drums. The song is catchy as all hell, reminding me of some late '90s Garbage (With a capital G, aka the Shirley Manson-fronted group) and though Coplan's vocals are more processed on it, they work with the song's driving quality.

The second track, "Take Me Back To The Suburbs" is one of the funniest, most bitingly satirical tracks I've heard in a long time. Backed by a jazzy, uptempo piano, Coplan drops lyrical wordplay like a white, female Donald Glover. I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard "We're both addicted, but their drug is meth and mine is 'The Simpsons.'" The song's first two lighthearted verses give way to a more serious third one, but Coplan keeps it light the whole time, and you'll find yourself singing the chorus at the most random times.

That's a common theme for all five tracks on the EP -- they're very earwormy, in a good way. The melodies are catchy, and every song manages to tell a unique story in three or four minutes. You can paint a picture of what Coplan is singing about, because she paints the picture so beautifully in each song. You can also listen to the five-song EP over and over again and keep choosing a different song as your favorite. "Caroline", about a confused rebel without much of a cause", will appeal to confused 20-somethings, anyone who's ever been in a relationship they knew was bad for them will relate to "Make You Mine", and "We Don't Need Much" has a timeless "love > material goods" theme with a beautiful balance between detail and simplicity.

This is the kind of music that will appeal to pretty much any listener, regardless of what genre you generally prefer. The only problem with the EP is that it's only five songs long. I cannot wait to hear more original music from this group, and I can't recommend enough that you pick up the EP. It's slated for release on January 21st, and availabe for preorder now.

Score: 5 out of 5