It’s always weirdly more difficult to write about music that you love than it is to write about music that you think is terrible. Often the trap if pouring nonspecific superlatives over something new and exciting is too difficult to resist. This is especially true of music that forgoes gimmicks and focuses on solid songwriting, such as the latest EP from Atlantic AM.
Atlantic AM are a Daejon based 4 piece featuring members from an array of Korean expat bands such as Free Drugs and Guilt Kicks. They’ve been playing shows for just over a year now having formed last Halloween.
The EPs lead single Hello Stranger is pulsing alt-rock brilliance. It has a power-pop chorus which is is undeniable in its catchiness. In a weird way it acts like the perfect accompaniment to Brand New’s 2016 single I am A Nightmare. The lyrics are a tribute to late night rendezvous with old acquaintances and work really well.
They site The Replacements as a major influence. This is interesting since, like The Replacements, Atlantic AM sees its members move on from the punk past into a more melodic, Americana sound. Yet, with both bands there’s still the occasional nod to the punk sound they’re more familiar with, especially on The Fool.
The EP also features the Teenage Fanqlub-Esque Valerie which which has a britpop vibe. Closer Will That Girl sounds like There’s Nothing Left To Lose era Foo Fighters and is a perfect closing to the four-track EP and makes us excited to hear what they produce next.
Hello Stranger is available for free on Atlantic AM’s bandcamp. For more information visit their Facebook.
By Jamie Finn (@jamiefinn2209)