The word generationals is a loose term applied to an even looser group of young adults who, while ostensibly denying easy categorization, actively engage in identity management. Two former members of The Eames Era cleverly adopted this term to name their new group for whom categorization is easily dismissed. Their debut Con Law, available as a pay-what-you-like digital download, reflects the media-saturated times, moving effortlessly between dance floor rock (“Bobby Beale”) and happy-go-lucky sing-a-long (“Faces in the Dark”) without getting caught in the traps of a particular genre. It’s not hard to find a group willing to throw every cultural reference they know in the blender, but Generationals is the rare group that makes something delicious and unique out of it.
Consider “Exterior-Street-Day.” The opening has a big rock sheen that wedges with insouciant deadpan vocals, slyly inverting a disaffected vibe into something heartwarming to underscore how well-crafted this music can be. “It Keeps You Up” is a total classic: erudite, wordy and catchy as hell. “Our Time (2 Shine)“ has a slight reggae lean worked into an organ-driven idyll. Every song here has a little bit of a lot of things in it. But Con Law is a record filled to the brim with smart music, the kind too fun for you to worry about what kind of music it is. generationals.com
Essential tracks: “Bobby Beale,” “Faces in the Dark,” “It Keeps You Up”
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