EP REVIEW: Handsome – No Hat No Play

Handsome is the new project from Sydney singer-songwriter Caitlin Park and the colourful and vibrant affair hears her expressing her sexuality loudly and proudly. Her debut EP ‘No Hat No Play’ is a cohesive and experimental collection of tracks which perfectly introduce this DIY indie-pop sound. it is a lot to take in during a first listen but from a second run through you will be hooked. The rough around the edges sound will pull you in and have you gravitating to it’s unconventional structure. Opening track ‘Save Some Love’ is driven by voicebox distortion and a high hat while the gospel led hook is pure anthemic. Whilst it is the perfect introduction it’s actually the current single ‘No Cowards’ that steals the show. The groovy indie-pop gem is one of my favourite songs of the year and it’s all thanks to the raw energy of the hook. After I first heard this song I had it stuck in my head non-stop for a whole week (no joke). And I still have it on heavy rotation because it is a bonafide banger that deserves more Triple J airplay. The Joyride collaboration ‘Late Night Ball Game’ brings back the voice box and offers a smoother delivery that perfectly compliments the moody ‘WILDS’. But the beautiful ‘TV Set’ will haunt you with it’s honest lyrics “I don’t wanna know you anymore” which will echo in your head. The simplicity and aesthetic of this song has seen it been added to New Music Friday playlists on Spotify all over the world which is an exciting contribution. As a debut EP, Handsome perfectly captures who she is as an artist and will have you genuinely interested in what is to come. However this only captures a slight image of who she is as an artist because her live show takes this colourful DIY sound to a new heights.

 

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