Last week, Cincinnati's stars-in-the-making Walk the Moon issued the first release under its deal with RCA Records. Though only three songs, the effort is illuminating and a hint of what's to come on the band's forthcoming, so-far-untitled RCA full-length debut (due to be released this May). The Indie Dance Pop foursome has seemingly been touring and doing business related tasks non-stop for at least the last year. Now that it has a release on RCA, that will only increase. The recording is called Anna Sun EP, named for the band's irresistible tune that (along with a stellar music video) helped initially generate much of the buzz they've received fairly consistently over the past year or so.The song "Anna Sun" is on the EP, but those who have i want! i want! (the group's stellar self-released LP containing the original track) might still want to listen. It's a new version of the catchy song, slicked up a bit for radio and seemingly (inexplicably) sped up.
As often happens, the label probably wanted a full-on audio makeover to make the song more ready (sonically) for radio. It's a good thing to think about — "Anna Sun" should be a smash hit single — but there was something about that original version that's missing on the new one.lower-budgeted, warm, fun and entertaining clip cannot be topped. (As of now, it appears that original video is still being used in promotions; it's currently in rotation on mtvU.)
The EP's other two tracks — "Tightrope" and "Next In Line" — are previously unreleased (all three will be on the full-length), but the two tunes may be familiar to fans who have seen WTM perform live on multiple occasions.
Here are live clips of the two unreleased tracks. The Anna Sun EP is available now through the iTunes store. The band will have hard-copy versions with them on their upcoming tour dates (of which there are a ton). Click here to listen to all three new tracks.