Walk the Moon, four piece indie pop group released Talking is Hard earlier this week through RCA Records. A sophomore album produced by Tim Pagnotta of Neon Trees, Cincinnati bred Walk the Moon’s high-energy sound has got them gigs touring with bands like Panic At the Disco! and Young The Giant. Talking is Hard is filled to the brim with punchy, stadium-big songs ideal for any “happy hipster” playlist.
Talking is Hard leaves no guessing games. Lyrically, they are no geniuses, but lead singer Nicholas Petricca and band members do not disappoint. Signed onto a label flaunting pop artists including Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake, the album is catchy and vivacious, and nothing short of fun. Big synths open the album on “Different Colors” as lyrics wale, “We keep cranking the music up/ Driving through our town.” “Up 2 You” starts off slow leading up to an explosion of screaming vocals from Petricca and fuzzed out guitar riffs from Eli Maiman. The rest of the album follows suit. Walk the Moon have an energy that runs through and through all of the 12 tracks. Gushing with an overall feel of nostalgia for youthful vibrancy, Petricca sings of a ‘childhood high’ once gone and the only cure seems to be listening to the effervescence of these tracks.
Walk the Moon thrive off of blissful, fun energy and although Talking is Hard may never live up to 2010’s shimmering Anna Sun release, the quartet will have no problem riding the wave of dancey, catchy synth pop tracks.