Hampshire’s Habitats have released their anticipated ‘Jungles’ EP ahead of a short UK tour which will take them to Manchester, Leeds, London and Nottingham. After previously releasing the title track, there are now three accompanying pieces of breezy indie pop coming in at around fifteen minutes. Although not the lengthiest affair, the EP is the musical equivalent of a sugar rush best delivered quickly to maintain high energy.
Kicking off with ‘Boogie Waltzers’, this three minute opener feels as though it has been written to soundtrack some mind bending fairground evoking visions of open beaches, waltzers and bright brilliant colour. It has warm guitar tones and a singable hook that takes us to summery climates on a bitterly cold February morning. At almost exactly the same run length, ‘Float Together’ leans further on a swaggering bass yet its delivery is still as bright and breezy as surf poppers San Cisco and Last Dinosaurs. Its small instrumental bridge and rhythmic drum beat is designed with festival season in mind as the charismatic quartet are sure to have tents and stages jumping, clapping and dancing along to this free spirited number.
The title track is the band’s boldest release to date with a strong instrumental build up and a daring decision to leave the vocal break until two minutes in. The repeatable melody of ‘we are animals’ is likely to be fast adopted by the growing fanbase and chanted back in force. It seems quite obvious the band grew up through the indie influx of Friendly Fires, Mystery Jets etc through the song structure, lyrics and overall presentation of the four tracks found on this EP. The production still needs work but for a band at this stage of their career they are showing exciting promise.