- 28 Jul 20
The Dublin newcomers blend the sounds of synth pop, folk and indie rock across five eclectic tracks.
Dublin indie-rockers Other Child have released their debut EP, Good Boy Charlie.
The EP is the first project of any kind for the five-piece, which consists of Jamie Maguire, Lee Maguire, Daniel Kavanagh, Sarah Farrelly and Eoin Bros.
But their newcomer status has not cost Other Child any hype: The lead single off the EP, ‘Let Go’, sat at the top of the iTunes Ireland chart earlier today, while the EP as a whole climbed to seventh.
Other Child say they’re inspired by The Smiths, Tame Impala and The Gorillaz. These influences are audible in the EP’s eclectic blend of synth pop, folk, and indie sounds.
The melodies on ‘Let Go’ sound like disco, yet they sit atop a drumbeat straight off The Gorillaz’s Demon Days and fat, distorted chords that could’ve been strummed by Johnny Marr.
‘I Guess So?’ pushes the band’s sound in the direction of dance pop, with its space-age synths and trance-inducing vocals. Two thirds of the way through, the track even has a sort of drop: snaps replace the drums, a phaser builds tension and then, in an explosion, the beat returns.
Later in the EP, “It Is What It Is” finds the band at its most lo-fi. Crooning over light and jangly drums, the singer of Other Child creates an atmosphere evocative of ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ by Tame Impala.
But the most unusual track on the EP has to be ‘Give it Time,’ which combines echoey vocals with a marching band-like beat and, surprisingly, a banjo. It’s a wild combination, but Other Child’s charts success suggests it just might work.
Check out ‘Let Go’, the lead single from Good Boy Charlie, on Spotify below.