Switchblade EP


    The members of Heartsrevolution make their intention clear on the album cover, where what is presumably the arm of Lo, the lead singer, holding a toy saber. That intention: to make something that often seems threatening into something else.


    Heartsrevolution is painting its brand of electronic music cotton-candy pink, using the full force of its ice-cream-truck-riding, heart-shaped vinyl-hawking, toy-sword-toting lifestyle brand to do it. The musicians confined themselves to the same disorienting glitch beeps and blips of 8-bit, and at least some of singer Lo’s lyrics are as dark as Alice Glass’s distorted yelps. But Lo’s vocalizations, on the other hand, are cheers that give Heartsrevolution’s recordings a punk coloring, which surprisingly detracts from the darkness of such lyrics as "Razor-sharp candy-covered glass/ Dont’ try to sort through my checkered past/ Technicolor light dreams/ In between my faint screams." The EP’s warmest, dreamiest track even has a scary pre-apocalyptic title: "Digital Suicide." If the members of Heartsrevolution are also trying to create some kind of musically induced cognitive dissonance, they’re on the right track.


    The EP has some thematic consistency with its "lightening of electro" mission; there’s a strong air of "I just wanna dance" insouciance that runs through the whole record, with its largely uncomplicated beats and cheerleading, most notably on "Dance Till Dawn." But although each of the five songs here  is good on its own, it might be due to the fact that the album stays on message so well that the EP starts to feel tired by its end.


    That kind of complication doesn’t really matter so much when all you want to do is dance, and take something that’s normally inundated with adult intensity to a place that’s populated by child’s play. Cotton-candy pink, achieved.