In this six-song debut, the Kansas City-based Meantone Coalition offers more variety than most groups can manage when given twice as much time. Its tunes bring to mind the eccentric new wave sound of the Talking Heads, especially on “Moodication,” with its odd chorus I need to find some lubrication. Bouncy pop dominates the album, as such selections as “Bigmistake” and “Serotonin” offer growling basslines, pounding drumbeats, jangly guitar, and pleasant vocals. However, the group excels when it slows the pace, as on the beautiful “Queen Bee” and the well-constructed closer “The End.” The best demos leave listeners wanting to hear more, and this EP is equal to the task.

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