When one thinks of New Orleans music, brassy horns, wild jazz tempos and maybe even hip-hop stars come to mind. Indie rock ranks pretty low on the list of what's synonymous with music in the Big Easy. However, Generationals definitely break from this mold.
The hometown duo debuted its 2nd full-length, studio album Alix on Sept. 12. The record begins with warm, sunny synth beats as the opening to "Black Lemon." Smooth and harmonious vocals complement the track without overpowering the danceable guitars. As with many indie acts, the blissful demeanor of the song can be deceiving. Lyrically, "Black Lemon" tells a story of betrayal and watching relationships fade away.
Alix continues its strategy of feel-good instrumentals coupled with troubled lyrical confessions. Falsetto male vocals swirl beautifully with the electronic cadences à la Passion Pit. However, Generationals stick to its rock roots with tracks like "Heart in Two," which features thumping, reverberating chords and bellowing kick drums.
One stand-out song from the record is "Charlemagne." The tune deals with themes of letting go and moving on from toxic people and situations. These easily relatable attitudes are presented with toe-tapping melodies and über-catchy hand claps. "Charlemagne" is one of those songs that's guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser at live shows.
Although it's clear to see Generationals haven't completely abandoned the scene it emerged from in 2009, the two-piece show off some growth since the debut album, Con Law. Overall, the group traded fledgling, chaotic experimentation for a more consistent and confident style of music.