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The album opens with one of my favorite songs, “CIA.” It starts with a familiar reggae sample that hooks you immediately. Singer David Boyd has crisp somewhat staccato rap vocals that transition into more melodic pop punk vocals with a very catchy chorus.
The next three tracks surprisingly have different aspects of vaudeville in their sound. The very unifying “One Of Us” uses the piano in such a way that it makes the listener feel like they are about to see a play. The sound was clearly apparent as their music video has a theatrical aspect to it as well. Additionally, the tracl really showcases how New Politics has two highly talented singers.
The album continues with their international theme adding a vaudeville sound with their eclectic use of the keyboard eliciting wonderment of what is about to happen next - much in the same way an organ evokes anticipation in silent films. Lyrically, Lost in Translation has a lot of variety. It has nostalgia, contemplation, and sensuality. Additionally, the album has inspirational songs about taking control of your life and holding on; though also knowing when to let go. The latter best describes "Lifeboat."
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“Istanbul” really stood out lyrically and musically; especially Louis Vecchio on drums. There was a hint of muted cymbals with a bass drum that resonated in my chest during each bridge. The lyrics were also very motivating and uplifting. Once again, this track showcasing the beautiful blend of Søren's distinctly different and emotion evoking vocals with David's melodic voice that starts off as a comforting whisper and transforms into an uplifting force.
“You got to pick up the pieces of your broken heart
You gotta stitch 'em together, you want a new start
And when you turn the page there will be different words.
You got to live everyday like it's the last night.
Don't need know where you're going before you take flight
And when you break the clouds there will be a different light.”
I recommend listening to all four of their albums chronologically & to keep an eye out for their next album. They have been spending time with no other than ska punk and production god, John Feldmann. While there has not been an official announcement, but if the already insanely talented members of New Politics have teamed up with Feldy for their next album, they are sure to continue with their upwards trend of making even more impressive music. Their latest work may be named Lost in Translation, but New Politics are the Rosetta Stone of pop-punk and fusion. They will undoubtedly explode in the 2019 music scene.