Cinematic pop brigade The Modern Electric have returned to follow-up last month’s single “Slow Motion Jeans” with another offering entitled “Same Old Haunts”. It continues the American ensemble’s aim of putting out a new song every month ahead of their upcoming album, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The Mike McCarthy produced record, which is due to drop on August 18th, is intended to play in similar manner to the score of a coming-of-age movie, addressing the trials and triumphs inherent in growing up.

“Same Old Haunts” seems to slot into such a style nicely as it bounces in upon a buoyant beat that persists alongside an enthusiastic melody. Subtle but optimistic guitars begin to build during the first verse, emphasizing the airy ambience established by the percussion and vocals. There’s a reassuring quality to the lyrics as they narrate the way to a loud and lively chorus laced with enthralling orchestral elements.

The warm harmony stays sincere going into the second stanza, maintaining an encouraging edge as it soothes the senses. It’s all very sunny and sanguine, while also being consistently catchy and captivating. A reassuring refrain arrives around the three minute mark to add another uplifting ingredient to the proceedings. This prefaces a plethora of pleasant instrumentation that keeps things fun and fervent before a short but stirring climactic chorus.

There’s a great sense of perseverance and prevailing to the whole thing that’s ideal for brightening a bad mood. It also bears quite a theatrical undertone due to its wide array of instrumentation, which makes it a light but enlivening affair in its entirety. You can find “Same Old Haunts” on iTunes now and be sure to keep an eye out for its parent compilation when it hits in the weeks to come.

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The Modern Electric - Same Old Haunts
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