Hospital showcase their 80s pop to perfection

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8.2

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Well, who would have known that the Russians are into their indie-pop music? I certainly wouldn’t have when it’s not every day you see a Russian artist being promoted abroad. Now, this is about to change for the second time as we share the third album entitled ‘Memory Waves’ from Hospital.

Formed in 2011 by members of several Russian indie rock bands, Hospital is the ambitious vision of Egor Berdnikov (vocals/guitar), Aleksey Shorin (bass), Andrey Tsvetkov (guitar/backing vocals), and Vladimir Balovnev (drums). We premiered their single from the LP ‘Nothing But Love‘ in May which features soaring drums and gleaming guitar pop riffs, adding a hefty measure of electronica to their infectious indie track.

Memory Waves features nine songs of pure infectious pop that spans from synth pads to jangly guitars. ‘In The Evening’ brings out a bit of Rick Springfield with an elegant synth-pop twist. There other released single ‘Golden Days’ shimmers some shoegaze adding to an enchanting atmosphere.

The three L’s – ‘Lost’, ‘Louder’ and ‘Lush’ – bring out the guitar-pop side of the LP with Egor’s voice gracefully floating off each riff. The beat in each track is held high and shows the band’s exhilaration in their music.

To round off the LP you get to see one more side of Hospital on ‘Two Sides’. The New Order reincarnated track has a stomping drum beat that also re-illiterates Egor’s powerful vocals hollering over the poppy guitars sums up the entire album. It’s pure jubilation for any ’80s pop music fan, and it provides a moment to escape the madness of this world. It just goes to show, don’t kick the Russians down, they know how to make good indie-pop.

Good

  • Good range of indie-pop
  • Powerful vocals

Bad

  • Beat lacks a little variety

Summary

It's pure jubilation for any ’80s pop music fan, and it provides a moment to escape the madness of this world. It just goes to show, don't kick the Russians down, they know how to make good indie-pop.
8.2

ICM Rating