Caleb and Georgia Nott make up Broods, and the brother-sister duo have been performing together since childhood. This year they released their debut album Evergreen after the success of their self-titled EP that included the acclaimed single ‘Bridges’. The album was produced and co-written with the help of Joel Little, the producer most are familiar with as being the man being Lorde’s mega-hit single ‘Royals’. Little and the Nott siblings have capitalised on the successful electronic and pop elements of Little’s previous work to create an accomplished sounding debut.
Broods debut is an album that shows a lot of raw emotions, encompassing a number of themes, feelings and sentiments across the tracks. A great aspect of the album is however sad or heartbreaking the themes of the songs may be the production makes the tracks sound upbeat and fun. This is heard on opening track ‘Mother and Father’ which sees Caleb and Georgia battling with the struggles of leaving home and being faced with the challenge of stepping out into the world on their own. This song exemplifies the juxtaposition in their songs, the darker lyrics are contrasted by heavy synths and a very danceable drum beat. ‘Everytime’ is definitely one of the darker tracks on the album but has a chorus that is full of energy and powerful vocals by Georgia Nott.
The tracks on Evergreen follow a lot of the production techniques on Joel Little’s previous work. His production works well as it does not drown out the strengths of Brood’s song-writing and Georgia’s vocals. The production works in harmony with these elements as heard on the duo’s lead single ‘Bridges’, the most successful song on the album. ‘Bridges’ has garnered the duo plenty of attention and airplay, and landed them a slot opening for Sam Smith on his American tour. Following ‘Bridges’ is the extremely likable and danceable track ‘L.A.F’ which showcases big production elements that like other singles is a very pleasing song for the listener.
Evergreen also has it’s slower moments following the five opening tracks the duo bring the tempo down to exhibit some more feeling to the album. ‘Never Gonna Change’ is described as a ‘break up song’ a topic that is said to be Georgia Nott’s ‘forte’. You can hear the emotion in the lyrics and Nott’s heartfelt delivery, the production techniques one again compliment the feel of the song to create a well thought out and emotional track. ‘Sober’ and ‘Medicine’ keep things slow as production once again takes a back seat for Georgia’s heartfelt delivery of these two emotional tracks. To close out the album tracks ‘Four Walls’ and ‘Super Star’ seem to bring the album full circle with positive lyrics and attitudes. The two tracks can be described simply as two love songs that contrast the heart break and longing heard earlier in the album, giving the illusion that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel.
New Zealand duo Broods make some excellent first steps on their debut release with the help of producer Joel Little. The strengths of the album lie in the brother-sister’s song writing abilities and the production which elicits the array of emotions on the album. Evergreen sounds like an accomplished and well thought out debut that however sometimes lacks originality due to the sheer number of electro-pop works that are released at the moment. Broods do show that they are one of the best of the bunch but also show that there is room for improvement and maturation. As they are such a young band you can see that this improvement will come with time and experience which makes future releases from the duo an exciting prospect.