The femme culture cofounder gears up for crossover success with an EP of hook-laden house music.
All over the EP, Elkka's voice is prominent alongside the music, from the simple "call me!" chants on the dizzy closer, "Morning Fuzz," to the nonchalant indie rock delivery of "Flowers," whose hazy production and drifting vocals remind me of bands like Broken Social Scene. These moments draw a throughline to Elkka's history as a singer-songwriter, before she dipped her toes into the dance music world, and they're what makes her music head-turning from the moment you hear it. Even a more straightforward dance cut like "Euphoric Melodies" has a robust, pop-like hook to it, its arpeggio dancing around the rhythm section like sparks arcing through the air.
"Alexandra" is the EP's other straight club track, stuttering its way through several different hooks, including plucked strings, clipped vocals and clever loops of melody. It sounds more than a little like Four Tet, whose elegant style of dance music is a clear influence here. It's also why "Alexandra" is the weakest track on an otherwise strong EP, because it lacks the thrill and personality of the other four, which you could call "songs" as much as "tracks." Intimate, uplifting and personal, Euphoric Melodies is a collection of house songs bearing all the hallmarks of a crossover success.