Make no mistake, The Neighbourhood may spell their name like Brits, but they’re from right here in Los Angeles. Their debut EP, I’m Sorry…, released recently, should put them on the fast track to rocketing up the ranks of indie-pop stardom.
The 5-song mini-album released by these gifted Angelenos is a breath of fresh air – easygoing talk/rap lyrics, shimmery production and a palpable earnestness helps them stand out from the pack, making I’m Sorry… the perfect soundtrack to a late night walk around the…well, neighborhood.
Musically, they call to mind eclectic U.K. hip hop artist/DJ Just Jack because of their blend of inspired melodies, slightly melancholy lyrics and slick beats, but these young guys are really onto something totally unique with their sound.
One of the EP’s highlights is Sweater Weather. Here’s it the appropriately California-themed video:
There’s a soulful touch to this group’s music, which further accelerates their appeal. Think The Weeknd, with less despair and a slightly more upbeat overall feel, and you’re on the right track.
The band is definitely attracting attention – they’re part of this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival, which will likely open new avenues to more festivals and higher-profile gigs in the not-too-distant future.
The Neighbourhood picked a great time to burst out into the Los Angeles local scene. The mysterious nature of the group heightens their impact – we really only know that Jesse James Rutherford is the vocalist. The rest of the group? Their background? Question marks.
Throughout I’m Sorry…, the group’s R&B influences shine through, playing off the solid harmonies and gritty production quality to really help The Neighbourhood accomplish more in 5 songs than many other bands do with full albums.