Today marks the release of the Aura EP from pop act Private Agenda. The duo of Sean Phillips and Martin Aggrowe, based between London and Berlin, craft an entrancing electro-pop sound with shimmering production and memorable hooks. All four tracks on the EP succeed in this regard, pushing forth a lushly invigorating aesthetic that values both atmosphere and stirring melodic hooks. The EP’s opener and self-titled track, “Aura” is among the release’s most vibrant and energetic, kicking off with a lively synth arp and chirpy leads. Moments like the anthemic percussive pushes around 02:15 succeed immensely, highlighting the project’s firm grasp of production. “Aura” alone shows their ability to alternate between lush instrumental soundscapes and lively vocal-laden pop.
“Kingfisher” is a more serene endeavor, featuring tranquil guitar lines and a spaciously lush synth pad. This atmospheric daydream of a track does well in acting as a mid-point reprieve on the release, before the effervescent spacey synth-pop of “Lighthouse” closes this impressive release.
“Aura” and “Lighthouse” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2019’ Spotify playlist.