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"...in an era where digital singles and thematically disconnected EPs dominate, the creativity required to create this kind of expansive concept is worth appreciating."
"Sex People, who we wrote about late last year when they released their debut single, ‘Sanctuary City’, are LA people to the core... Cal-Island is a sanctuary, a place of refuge for all those who are weary, all those who have been confronted and persecuted. Much like the principles the USA was founded upon in the first place. "
"Sex People repeatedly do the opposite of what you’re expecting them to in these five songs, testing the boundaries between pop and avant-garde experimentalism while never losing sight of the melodic core that makes their music so affectionate and contagious."
"Sex People have assembled one of the more intriguing EPs of the New Year – not only through their boldly crafted identity, but through the means that they approach their unique strain of pop."
"...when I listen to Cal-Island: Season 1, the new record by west coast pop juggernaut Sex People, I can’t help but get the impression that these guys had one goal when they recorded this EP above all else. That goal, as I see it, was to make an EP that transcends the limits of lyrics and conventional hooks in search of something more connective and relatable on a physical level. Their efforts prove to be well worth it in songs like the fuzz-laden “The LA Air” and temperamental “No West Left,” which exhibit a versatile profile unlike any other I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in the last year."
"Sexy melodies and muscular rhythms meet blistering, raw tonality in the brand new EP Cal-Island: Season 1, from California’s own Sex People. Sex People are a new arrival on the scene but have anything but an amateurish vibe to their agile, tightly wound music."
"...boisterous beats and cratering emotionality delivered through provocative lyrics and highbrow arrangements that defy mainstream pop’s stylistic limitations."
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