The alternative scene is host to quite a bit of upcoming talent these days – so much so that the genre is becoming harder and harder to categorize. Chase Atlantic, with their latest EP Don’t Try This, are certainly one of the more fascinating acts today with a sound and style that blends across genres like hip-hop, R&B, and emo. What distinguishes their newest release is the sense of mood and atmosphere conveyed throughout with the subject matter examining relationships, debauchery, and loneliness underneath smooth melodies and slick production. The visceral and dramatic approach Chase Atlantic specialize in is best on display in tracks such as opener “WHAT U CALL THAT” which draws upon a woozy and hypnotic sound for bombastic yet lush effect, and “YOU TOO.” which takes on a dreamier R&B influence and indicates a surprising yet welcome sense of romanticism. The EP also delves into some mellower yet more textured material on numbers such as “GREENGREENGREEN” which ties together the trip-hop and pop influences of the record for something more emotional and smooth.
With such an eclectic and far-ranging sound on this EP, there are some moments where the record can occasionally feel a bit overstuffed musically. “DEVILISH” dips into EDM and trap sonically, and although it’s an interesting switch-up, I ultimately felt the track needed a bit more room to breathe. On occasion, the subject matter can feel a bit repetitious as most songs deal with the topic of fame and excess – although, it is explored to a satisfying effect on number “LIKE A ROCKSTAR,” a downcast yet soaring anthem about the woes of stardom. While at times, style can overwhelm substance, Chase Atlantic do attempt each sound and style with gusto and raw intensity and demonstrate a willingness to try anything which can be quite exciting. When everything does come together, Chase Atlantic offer an exhilarating glimpse of a visceral, diverse, and ambitious sound that will be compelling to see take shape in the future.
Songs to Spin: “WHAT U CALL THAT,” “LIKE A ROCKSTAR,” “GREENGREENGREEN,” “YOU TOO”