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The latest EP from New York City-based synthpop outfit Isaac reflects an experienced grasp on effective pop songcraft, with resonant hooks on tunes like the title track or “The Unknowns Blues.” The melodies are there, the voice is there, but the digitized dynamic of the tracks doesn’t seem cohesive at times. Upon multiple listens, it’s difficult to help but feel that the songs deserve more of a full-band sound, as that’s rhythmically what they’re built for. As is, the instrumental foundations aren’t particularly crafted to blast in clubs, but rather on late ‘90s pop radio. With the inclusion of a greater pop-rock sound, Isaac could find a more critical audience and really start to capture some young hearts.