Part Time – PDA album review

It really is cool how the music scene has seen a major resurgence of the electro-pop genre. And before you ask: no, I am not talking about the ever-expanding world of electronic dance music and, no, I am not referring to the bubblegum pop music you hear on the radio that employs electronic element. What I am speaking of is a contemporary revival of the ’80s, to put it simplest. Like some of the albums I have recently reviewed, Part Time’s PDA is a blast from the past. It’s textures are reminiscent of Tears For Fears, the rhythms evoke similarities with Yaz’s Upstairs at Eric’s, and the vocals remind one nearly of Spandau Ballet. To hear the type of tunage you would expect from 1986 in 2013 is a trip but no one is complaining.

As you have probably already gathered from the introduction of this review, PDA is a great contemporary interpretation of a somewhat neo-classic style of electronic music-making. On a whole, Part Time does well in adapting traditional elements such as the electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals, synthesizer, etc. and uniquely blend them with techniques both new and old. They are without a doubt here and now in terms of musicality, conveying themes particular to 2013 but in ways that at first are somewhat implicit. There is no defining factor that sets Part Time’s style apart from thirty years ago–hell, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. But with a careful listen, you can here the subtleties that place PDA firmly in the 2010s.

For an example, tune to lead-off track, “I Want to Go.” It is with this song which one could get a feel for the album on whole–a great precursor of the new take on a classic style which PDA brings to the table. Yet another example (and a not-too-shabby track itself) is title tack “PDA.” It’s fun, balanced, and a great effort from the Part Time.

Moreover, PDA is quite interesting and quite frankly a meaningful dedication to a seemingly dead breed of music. There are more and more synth-pop acts surfacing and Part Time is among the few that respectively execute it.

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