Today marks the release of Rocket Pengwin’s debut EP, Planet Earth, on Ultra Music. The EP is a genre-defying adventure which plays with the abandon and drive of dance and electronic music, and pulls listeners into new worlds with juggernaut vocal melodies and epic choruses drawing inspiration from emo and power pop. It balances vast fantasy soundscapes with moments of fearless vulnerability. In celebration of the EP, Rocket Pengwin has released a new single, “Alone”. “Alone” is a slice of heartbroken synth pop that pleads for reconciliation while expressing dissatisfaction with a relationship. The forthcoming lyric video finds the human size Rocket Pengwin gallivanting around Manhattan’s west side. Listen to “Alone” HERE and the full EP HERE.
Rocket Pengwin recently gave us a taste of the EP and the music that’s inspiring him with a DJ set and live performance for LivexLive Music Lives On, watch it here. Just prior to that he released the EP single “Doctor” , a kaleidoscope of soaring power pop melodies and a hypnotizing dance rhythm with an instantly memorable chorus. The accompanying video finds Rocket Pengwin in a sensory overload dream-state on the streets of New York City. Enthralled by the urban sprawl and the scale of the buildings, the city suddenly begins to morph into dreamy, psychedelic shapes before its eyes. Yearning to take flight from the world around him, Rocket Pengwin finds his way to a rocket that takes him to outer space where he dances among the planets – personifying the song’s anthemic refrain, “It feels like forever since I’ve been outside / Do you wanna fly? / Do you wanna fly?” perfectly. The video was directed by Lorenzo Diego Carrera of Yhellow, and has earned nearly 300,000 views to date.
Planet Earth reveals many facets of Rocket Pengwin over the course of its seven tracks. Beloved single “Unique” opens the EP and is an optimistic tongue-in-cheek meditation on identity and finding the light in your broken moments. On “Forget You”, a darkly seductive electro pulse underscores the song’s emotional core dealing with the difficulty of getting over a relationship. “Almost Perfect Selection of Words” changes the pace and collages bits of indie rock guitars, trap rhythms, and a hint of Americana as it explores the difficulty in understanding the trauma and baggage of another person from the outside. “New York” kicks down the club doors with an Italo-Disco pulse and vocoder as it climbs to ecstatic heights. The EP closer, “For Elise (Nuclear Bomb)” is a variation on a theme that takes Beethoven’s landmark “For Elise” as a starting point before skyrocketing into an anthem of resilience and a reassurance that we are not alone and have the power to overcome whatever forces stand in our way.
Rocket Pengwin’s Planet Earth EP is out now on Ultra Music!