Los Angeles’ The New Division, though undoubtedly influenced by ’80s forefathers Depeche Mode and The Joy Division, approach electronic music with an ever-expanding open mind that’s ready to party as much as it’s ready to brood, equipped with both the crunchy glitches and the silky synths. The band’s latest output, the Night Escape EP, shows off this brilliant versatility in mood and sound exceptionally well with just four tracks and we’re proud to premiere it right here on The Music Ninja.
“Pride” starts off the collection strong, with its enticing balance of dreamy and hyper electro pop moments. Glistening and bubbly is “Kids,” a treat you’d be hard-pressed not to keep on infinite loop. Luscious, so sweetly tender, and emotional to the core is the title track “Night Escape,” featuring Greek chillwave duo Keep Shelly In Athens. The EP ends on a very high note with closer “Start Over,” a truly kaleidoscopic anthem that, despite all its varied parts — gushing synths, a warping mini-drop, delicate piano, fierce lasers — culminates perfectly and leaves you wondering: Will this EP ever grow old? And the answer would be: NO.