Label: Aviate Records
Zoetic represents a daring departure for Bryce Avary’s Rocket Summer project. In the four years that separate the album from its predecessor, Life Will Write the Words, the soul-bearing singer/songwriter has largely severed his roots in melodic emo and power pop and embraced the club-oriented sounds of EDM. “Uni” and “Cold War” are sweat-drenched funk-rock workouts relying heavily on keyboards and programmed grooves. The densely layered “Get Over It” is even more percussive, with Avary unleashing a pinched, Prince-style falsetto and wailing synthesizer solo. Some cuts, like the feverishly passionate “White Fireworks” and “Fl, Ca,” could be described as falling somewhere between AWOLNATION and Ed Sheeran. Ultimately, though, Avary is a unique talent who has created a sound that is audaciously his own.