Stopgap EP from the Anglo-American duo is a nice introduction to their grunge-pop sound.
Sakura is most likely meant to capitalize on Big Deal's recent stint opening for Depeche Mode in Europe. The duo of Brit Alice Costelloe and Californian Kasey Underwood have streamlined their moderately dreamy, twin-guitar indie pop over the course of two albums, and this four-song offering continues in that vein. "Talk" morphs from a sparse, garage-y guitars-only track on first album Lights Out to a chugging, full-band, piece of grunge-pop here. It's not the only song of Big Deal's that strongly recalls Smashing Pumpkins at their most radio-friendly. The atmospheric jangle of the title track has that Pumpkins-esque fuzziness, too. The other half of this EP is too by-the-numbers to recall. The slow-fast soft-hard dynamics are there, but the passion is not. With Lorde and Lana Del Rey on the record as fans, though, Big Deal are positioned to make good on their name, at least commercially.