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Hydrogen Child - 'Sirens' (EP stream) (premiere)

The Louisiana band Hydrogen Child create some gigantic '80s pop hooks on their exuberant new EP.

If you don’t know the story behind Hydrogen Child, here’s a refresher. The Shreveport, Louisiana band, under the name Super Water Sympathy, put out a pair of albums in 2011 and 2013, but in late 2014 announced they were changing the moniker to the same title as their second album, Hydrogen Child. Seven months after the release of the new track “Sirens”, the band is set to release a five-track EP bearing the same name, which we’re pleased to premiere here at PopMatters.

Ebullient, lavish, and with huge crossover appeal, Sirens combines modern alternative pop with a wonderful “Big ‘80s” influence. Singer Ansley Hughes leading the way with her charismatic, appealing singing. These tracks, produced by Frequency (Eminem, Rihanna) sound massive, and best of all, the hooks are incessant.

"We only wish our bones were air-made,” the band says. “Songs give us that chance to express the intangible world. We wrote this EP with hopes of freeing ourselves from our thoughts -- to get it all out in the open. It's a liberating feeling. We love our instruments, van, and home. To feel the creative energy surface from inside is what we are after here, at this moment -- the infinite chase for melody, color, and sounds. The world's air is a bucket waiting to be filled with different musical notes of paint -- waiting to be splattered and evaporated and splattered again. We continue to just play and write and enjoy ourselves, really. We are thankful for having the opportunity to enjoy and pursue music as a group. It has been refreshingly good for the soul.”

Sirens will be released June 23. Pre-order it here.


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