Dum Dum Girlsâ€™ He Gets Me High is noticeably more polished than 2010â€™s I Will Be. Sweet and sincere lyrics in danger of being hidden behind a wall of fuzz guitar sound ring clear instead, giving listeners a chance to appreciate beautiful vocal layering and harmonies.
â€œWrong Feels Rightâ€ opens with fast-paced rolling drums and surf rock guitars. As an opener, it hits almost as hard as â€œIt Only Takes One Night.â€
â€œHe Gets Me Highâ€ is Shangri Las-like in its lyrical content and is centered around sugary sweet harmonies. A rumbling bass line gives a modern tinge to its otherwise vintage sound.
Slow jam, â€œTake Care of My Baby,â€ sounds cavernous and haunting with its soothing guitars and minimalist percussion. It features the achingly sweet and memorable lines, â€œtake care of my baby/I donâ€™t think he can do it himselfâ€ and â€œyou lived so fast without seeing/this eternal youth is fleeting.â€
The final track, a cover of The Smithsâ€™ classic, â€œThere Is a Light That Never Goes Out,â€ is likely to catch you off guard. A unique take on the original, it sounds surprisingly effortless and somehow even manages to evoke an atmosphere similar to the original.
He Gets Me High has a fair balance of sweetness and aggression and adds a much needed modern twist to the bandâ€™s predominantly vintage sound. Even the few naysayers who were disappointed by the lack of musical variation on Dum Dum Girlsâ€™ full-length debut, may be pleasantly surprised by this four-track EP.