Written By: Michelle Doering
Future Friends-Part One is the brainchild of everyone’s favorite choir nerds, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, also known as ⅖ of Pentatonix. Though the pair has been sharing their lives with millions of fans on the Superfruit Youtube channel for years now, this marks the first time the duo has released music sans the rest of their Pentatonix bandmates. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. This EP consists of seven tracks, all of which are dripping with nostalgia and quirky pop goodness. There’s not a single song that doesn’t make you want to bob your head and sing along.
As you may have guessed, Hoying and Grassi’s vocals are absolutely stunning and complement each other perfectly–I mean, they didn’t win two Grammys for vocal arrangement for nothing. However, I was delightfully surprised by how much I loved the mixing and instrumentation on each one of these tracks. They all have multiple elements that, if executed slightly differently, would produce a wholly different (and likely less brilliant) song.
One of the most mesmerizing qualities of the EP is how it manages to sound nostalgic and fresh all at the same time. It feels like being transported back into the early 90’s, but without any of the awkward cringe-y bits or lack of social awareness. Every millennial’s dream!
I also love how Hoying and Grassi are completely and unapologetically themselves. There’s literally a song called “Hearthrob” in which they list all of the dreamy boys they had crushes on back in the day (Justin Timberlake and Jonathan Taylor Thomas to name a few). As well as one entitled “Sexy Ladies” about them pretending to be straight for a night to make their best girlfriends’ exes jealous. These little touches make for a really engaging and authentic listening experience.
My favorite track is definitely “Imaginary Parties,” a fun and flirty pop song that could easily be blasting from any good radio station. First off, it’s incredibly ear-wormy. I’ve had it on in the background of everything I’ve been doing for weeks and I still can’t get it out of my head. It’s got a ridiculously infectious beat peppered with all kinds of crazy sound effects (like seriously, listen to it with headphones and just marvel at all the things going into this one song). Also, I feel like a broken record saying this, but the vocals are just immaculate. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it’s also got one of the coolest and most visually appealing music videos I’ve seen in a very long time.
I give this one a definite 10/10. I’m highly anticipating the release of part two in September.