The EP opens with "Addicted", which might be describing my reaction to the chorus. Taking its sweet time to get into the song, "Addicted" opens up with a synth soundscape before the guitar starts up and the duo crash in with the interwoven electronics, guitar, and drums. It's quite effective as an intro track thanks to the build-up but the verse and chorus plus the pretty synthpop arrangement help it stand up as a single as well. And each track on the EP is easily strong enough to stand as a synthpop single.
"Disco Elevator" is the track with the strongest edge with its more-guitar centric drive, using synths to reverberate the song while Kim Junwon sings through some vocal processing that is fortunately not auto-tune, but instead giving his singing a softer, more ethereal aesthetic. The transition between the verse and the chorus builds up towards the post-chorus instrumental breakdown well, giving space to encourage dance.
This is followed up with the most pop of the tunes on the EP, "Metro", chock full of handclaps and French pop influenced melodic construction and shimmering synths. The EP closes with the similar attuned "Dressing Room", just as perfect synthpop as the three tracks that had preceded it, with Kim's digitally processed falsetto perfect parts sensitivity and encouragement.
The later digital release also includes acoustic versions of "Metro" and "Dressing Room", which only serve to prove that the songcraft of Glen Check is quite strong, the tracks holding up their most addictive qualities even in absence of the electronic production.
The four tracks on Disco Elevator are quite possibly perfect examples of the joys of synthpop and exposes Glen Check as having clearly mastered the form on their inception. The music is beautiful and sweet and work well in the EP format, never wearing due to excessive length. The band has since found more depth in even these simple pop songs, giving "Disco Elevator" a series of harder contrasts in live performance, but such is the flexibility of a good pop song. And Glen Check's Disco Elevator is perhaps a sterling example of excellent pop songcraft on an EP. 10/10.
- Disco Elevator
- Dressing Room
- Dressing Room (acoustic)
- Metro (acoustic)