OKC-based band The Sweet Talkers released their debut EP, Electric Affair last week, and people are loving it.
The band recorded it with Johnny Manchild, who joined them for a their release show June 1. The band is described as “Alt-Rock” and takes influence from The Killers, New Order, and Joy Division
“Electric Affair” is high energy and exactly the kind of music that’s perfect to jam out to with your windows down in the Oklahoma heat.
If you’re a fan of Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, or Cage the Elephant, or any sort of British-influenced indie rock circa 2004, this is the band for you.
Give the EP a listen on Spotify below!
Caity Robb, the editor and founder of Starcatcher Magazine (a tulsa-based music webzine), wrote up a review of the new EP. Here’s what she had to say.
The EP is a high-powered collection of synth-infused rock’n’roll songs. Consisting of five tracks, the EP is the embodiment of “electric affair” – it drips with electrifying hits that combine off-the-wall lyrics with dance and electronic rock elements. Each track denotes its own meaning; yet, taken as a collection, the EP is conceptual. It speaks of a love affair, with hints at other meanings that are open for interpretation.
“Physical Desires” is the first on the list. A grinding song with a fast pace, the song outlines giving in to “physical desires.” It sets the tone for the rest of the EP with a sound reminiscent of something from The Killers. The song is like driving as fast as you can at night and watching the lights blur by – it’s bright and brilliant and blinding.
“Cold Feelings” comes next. Moving from an admission of attraction, this song expresses deeper, unrequited feelings. There’s some resentment mixed in as the lyrics insult the girl, calling her a “hurricane with dull brown eyes” and “a drama queen with a bad disguise.” While it mentions “cold feelings” that he can live through, the anger shows that he hasn’t quite moved on and that the feelings aren’t quite so cold.
“Answer Your Phone” is the stalker song every band needs. It tells of someone tracking down their potentially cheating girlfriend, saying, “You can run/you can hide/tell me lies/but I’ll find you.” It’s obsessive, it’s controlling – and it’s heartbreaking. The vocalist is clearly, at the very least, infatuated with this girl. While his love is debatable, he obviously wants her to himself and worries that he may be sharing her with other men.
The song ends with “Is your phone on silent; or, am I just some other man?” after echoing “Where is she?” multiple times. It keeps with the fastness of the other songs, but it’s steadier and more timely.
The final two songs include “Cowboy Killers” and the title song, “Electric Affair.” “Cowboy Killers” isn’t much to write about; it’s the most rock, in my opinion, with its heavier sound and anti-societal message. “Electric Affair,” however, ties the whole EP together. Filled with metaphors, the songs tries to describe the emotions associated with an affair.
Altogether, the EP is an enjoyable listen. It contains the kind of music that makes you want to bounce along. There are multiple elements that give various appeals as they incorporate alt rock with new wave and synth-pop.– Starcatcher Editor Caity Robb
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