“Am I doing this right?” questions pop newcomer Pema, real name Alex Cohen, over a simple trumpet accompanied beat and, truth be told, she is. Having went from playing in the band Alex Napping to going solo, she’s swapped out indie rock for electro pop and on My Intentions Are Good, the transition has been fairly smooth though not without its hiccups.
The layered vocals on here help to keep things intriguing though it isn’t how Pema says things but what she says that is the main catch here. Her debut album Doublethink, due out June 3rd, plans on exploring themes such as variance in what we as humans think and how we behave which My Intentions Are Good nods to quite well with the lyrics being rife in self doubt and questioning. It’s a shame that in comparison to the rather smart subject matter that the instrumentals on display aren’t quite as appealing though the minimalistic nature of them isn’t off putting, rather it’s unfortunate timing that they go head to head.
Regardless, Pema is a playing with a rich tapestry of thoughts and ideas that could result in an insightful, captivating listen come the release of Doublethink.