Recording information: Conway Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Eightysevenfourteen Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; KMA Studios, New York, NY; Larrabee Sound Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Ninja Club Studios, Atlanta, GA; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; The Hide Out Studios, London, England; Triangle Sound Studios West, Encino, CA.
You'd be forgiven if you assumed "Walking on the Moon," the opening cut on Karmin's major-label debut EP, Hello, was a cover of the Police's classic. After all, the duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan made their name in 2011 via smirking YouTube covers of hits by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj, so jokey versions of new wave classics are no great stretch, but Hello is where Karmin attempt to shake off the specter of novelty and present themselves as an honest to goodness modern pop band, the kind that can work with such heavy-hitters as Tricky Stewart and Stargate. Those two producers have scored hits for Britney Spears, Beyonc‚, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, and that gives a good idea of how Karmin hope to market themselves: stylish dance-pop with an urban twist. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine