I don’t know a ton about Vancouver’s The Runaway Club, but I really don’t need to. All I need to know is that a couple of albums in and the project – whether it just has one member or multiple members – has put out two full albums worth of great music. The sophomore release from The Runaway Club is “Apollo” and it’s just as good as the debut self-titled album that was released in 2014.
“Apollo” starts off slow with “When We Were Kids” a reflective track that doesn’t set the mood or the tone of the rest of the album as much as it just sets the stage for better things to come. “So Damn Good” has a title that fits. “Shooting at the Moon” is one of my favorite songs of the year so far. “Endless Summer” is an amazing summer driving track. And “Goodbye” is an elongated farewell on the album that sounds like AWOLNATION if they went full synth pop.
The Runaway Club isn’t on to great things. They’re doing them. This album is one of the best indie records that I’ve heard recently and it’s somewhat surprising that nobody’s talking about what these guys – or this guy – is doing right now. Be sure to check out The Runaway Club, you won’t be sorry that you did.