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New Local Release: carnival room's drama queen

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drama queen

The EP drama queen begins with “zero flux,” a dreamy and swirling track. The softly uttered vocals ask, “How can you even stand to be around yourself?” while a whispering response repeats the phrases, “I don’t feel like it, I don’t want to try.” This despondency is amplified on the abstract ambient track, “i am within myself forever.” 

The second song, “aphrodite,” is an airy ukulele-based track that longingly promises to brush the bad dreams and painful thoughts from a lover, even as the spacey, reverb-soaked production slightly disorients the sweetness of the song. The uke gives way to synths on “1000 mirrors,” a track that recalls Plastic Beach-era Gorillaz.

Though still in high school, the duo that makes up carnival room utilizes reverb, synths and drum machines to create bittersweet pop songs that seem wise beyond its years.

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