Genre/Influences: Post-punk, wave-pop.
Background/Info: It’s For Us is back after having released their successful “Stay”-second album. “Malax” features four new songs that were recorded in Malax, a place in Finland, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Content: If you’re already familiar with “It’s For Us” and their post-punk, wave-pop/indie-rock sound you’ll easily recognize the band throughout these new songs. The music remains inspired by the 80s post-punk years mixed with some indie-pop/rock elements. On top of it all Camilla Karlsson is singing with passion and rage. The songs are rather powerful while carried by strong choruses –especially for the last track.
+ + + : I like EP’s featuring different- and exclusive songs. That’s what makes this work unique and brings some extra to the fans. Sound-wise It’s For Us remains faithful to their sound formula mixing 80s influences together with an indie approach. The passion and fury of the vocals are perfectly appropriated to this work dominated by powerful cuts such as “The Fight”, “The Good Life” and “You’re The One”. It’s For Us simply confirms the strong potential exposed at the “Stay”-album.
– – – : The songs remain pretty short; two of them even not going over the 3 minutes. From the tracklist the softer sounding “Trouble” is the single piece that couldn’t convince me.
Conclusion: This EP might be seen as a cool little extra to the “Stay”-album; this is powerful party music for 80s nostalgia.
Best songs: “The Fight”, “The Good Life”.