The Academic's latest track, "Aftertaste," sounds oddly familiar.
There's an easy, soaring quality to "Aftertaste." The song echoes early indie-pop, reminiscent of when Two Door Cinema Club and Fitz and the Tantrums were still consistently cranking out their infectious rock.
The Academic, a four-piece indie quartet out of Ireland, scored a smash hit with their debut album, Tales from the Backseat, released last year. With "Aftertaste," produced by Dublin mainstay Cormac Butler, the band feels a little more centered, maybe a bit more mature this time around. "Turns out I really need you," frontman Craig Fitzgerald sings on the pre-chorus. As a whole, the lyrics feel like some small revelation, a willingness to start over after hardship.
"Aftertaste" is nostalgic in its style, with echoing vocals, thrumming-bass verses, and an explosive refrain that sounds like it's lovingly pulled from 80s New Wave. It's an exciting peek at what's to come for the young band, and as a single, it's a lovely moment of nostalgia.