• Sammie Starr

EP Review: Sounds and Scenarios - 'Cherry Blossom Season'

Boston MA-based alternative/emo band Sounds and Scenarios release their most introspective and honest EP to date Cherry Blossom Season.



Since 2015 alternative/emo act Sounds and Scenarios have been successfully blending the genres of pop-punk, arena rock, 80s pop, and other alternative genres. The band splashed onto the scene with their 2017 EP, The Things I Need to Leave Behind. Shortly after, Sounds and Scenarios would release 2019's EP While You Roam, showing the band's creative zeal and nostalgically dissonant music approach to the genre.


"Show-ready moments like "Square Parts" demonstrate vulnerability intertwined with traditional pop-punk instrumental sonance with infectious gang vocals, making it one of the best tracks on the EP."

Now the band is their third EP release Cherry Blossom Season. Their tightest release to date instrumentally and lyrically, Sounds and Scenarios showcases more atmospheric and soundscape growth from the last two EPs than we have seen previously.

"A Sudden Burst of Color" is painfully honest and lyrically one of the best tracks on Cherry Blossom Season. Self-awareness and unrelenting candor have been a theme up to this point, and this emotionally driven experience keeps this energy going for the last two tracks.

Show-ready moments like "Square Parts" demonstrate vulnerability intertwined with traditional pop-punk instrumental sonance with infectious gang vocals, making it one of the best tracks on the EP.

The EP beautifully ends with the best song on the EP, "Ocean In Between Us," featuring Elizabeth Hull. Beautifully written lyrically and one of the best snapshots of what this band is capable of vocally and instrumentally, the EP comes to a satisfying close.

Sounds and Scenarios have improved leaps and bounds from their last two efforts. From their attention to detail lyrically, atmospheric, and instrumental use, this EP is bound to pick up some momentum within the pop-punk scene.



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