by Lena Nelson
The debut EP, "First thought a thought," from monkeybars is the coolest new groove of the summer. "Tenderness" begins the EP with a crunchy dance beat that evolves into beautiful, dreamy vocals that soar. The beat helps to ground vocals that reverberate into hypnotic sounds. The song captures a LCD Soundsystem meets Beach House vibe. The EP continues with a short dance number, "Air rights." The song's neo-disco beat pulses, and the vocals don't come in till the middle of the track, surprising and changing the feel of the song entirely.
"Slo guy" is a triumphant climax to the EP. It starts with shakers and acoustic guitar, a sonic shift in the EP. The song transforms itself multiple times. First with added drums and electric guitar and then with the same spacey vocals present on the EP's other tracks. A beautiful electric guitar section halfway through marks the beginning of the songs own zenith, which is triumphant, layered, and full. The EP concludes with another psychedelic dance number, "Patient medicine." As with "Slo guy," layered drums add a distinctive sonic layer as does delightfully robust electric guitar.
Ultimately the EP gives listeners the feeling that they are at warehouse party, deep in Bushwick, dancing to a throwback beat but music that feels entirely new.