Broods: Conscious

By Kaye Shapiro

You are in your car, a light blue classic convertible with brilliant leather seats, driving down the California coastline in the middle of summer; the sun beats down on the winding empty highway as waves crash on the beach to your right. The wind whips through your hair as you raise your hands to the sky, and you feel it: freedom. “If I lose it all, at least I’ll be free.”

Broods‘ new album Conscious gives you summer freedom; the ups, the downs, the desire to be free, a new relationship and one that falls apart. The duo, Georgia Nott on lead vocals and older brother and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott on production and backing vocals, create a unique synthpop sound which they combine with live instruments like guitar and electric piano. Collaborations with Lorde and Tove Lo and participation in Ellie Goulding’s Delirium tour helped bring this album to the top of the charts in New Zealand and Australia.

Conscious is the newer, bolder Broods. Beyond the synths lies gritty verses and banging choruses; each song intricately mastered to create blow out sounds that bleed confidence sincerity. From the catchy pop sound of “We Had Everything” to a hard hitting ballad with Tove Lo in “Freak of Nature,” this album explores the many voices and emotions of Broods which we have never seen before. Conscious is far more expressive and soul-baring than their first studio album, Evergreen, and it shows in their strong grasp of purposeful lyrics and meaningful synths. This album is truly great and to say the least, I am excited for what Broods does next.

Rating: 8.5/10