It doesn’t get more kitschy-cool than music on a mustard yellow cassette tape, which is exactly how Supermoon present their debut EP Comet Lovejoy. The sound itself oozes that same quirky yet utterly honest vibe –– it’s a record to listen to in your coolest friend’s lamp-lit basement, or snuggling up with your besties in the backyard under old quilts.
The album begins with the track “Grounded,” a well crafted song featuring an extremely catchy guitar line, showcasing the band’s acute pop sensibility. This opener makes it clear that the band are a formidable musical unit. If you need to get “Grounded” out of your head, fear not. The next song, “Tragedy,” is just as contagious, with lyrics rhymed so cleverly you’ll never forget them: “To document my memories / I teach myself photography / I watch a documentary / of someone else’s tragedy.”
In “Powersuits,” possibly the best track on the EP, Supermoon sing “I left a light on for you / So that you could find your way home / In the dark.” The lyrics repeat for the entire song, up until the heartbreaking last line which reveals “But if I hadda known / You weren’t coming home / Well I wouldn’t have wasted / All that energy.” “Powersuits” is pure poetry, it’s meaning multifaceted: sarcastic and raw all at once.
“I’ve Been Told” sounds like a fantastic live jam with angsty danceability. “Cowardly” takes a dark turn with flat vocals and a heavy bass line, while the final track “Burnout of My Dreams” hearkens back to “Grounded” with a plucky guitar riff at its core. As the EP comes to an abrupt close, the silence is almost jarring. The party is over. You can’t hit replay fast enough.
Comet Lovejoy serves up rock-infused pop straight from the same corner of the Internet inhabited by the likes of Tavi Gevinson’s cult of Rookie. They’re the kind of sounds that emanate from that virtual space where ripped tights, blunt cut bangs, the linked arms of best friends, and the coolest girls in the world reign.