Bad::Better - EP
Vancouver-based indie duo Fine Times made their love of new wave and classic pop apparent with their self-titled debut LP back in 2012, a wonderfully upbeat and earworm-inducing effort. The same tricks are on display with slick new EP Bad::Better. The title track and disc opener’s hushed vocals and dark lyrics are used as a counterpoint to melodious bass and instantly hummable guitar licks, a dichotomy Matthew Moldowan and Jeffrey Josiah Powell choose to employ often. While it’s short on variety, the hooks are downright solid and effective throughout. Even more props are to be given for the graphic design choices of the single and disc artwork, and for the recently released trippy-as-all-hell music video.