THE WLDLFE aren’t your average American pop band. For starters, they aren’t from either of the two US cities you’re thinking of; they are five thoroughbred Midwesterners. Hailing from Indianapolis, IN, THE WLDLFE put out their debut EP, New, two years ago and another release called ILY last year. Now they are back with a full-length record that hopes to keep us busy until 2019, at least.

I’m Not Worried Anymore is certainly danceable, if rather predictable: eleven tracks with shallow layers, but layers nonetheless, that delve into friendship, life, and love. The album opens on one of its highest octane tracks, 'Headache,' setting a high bar that is consistently met by the band’s infectious production. Other tracks from the album are nearly reckless in their boldness. Synths are at the forefront on 'Dream, pt. II,' for example, and 'Lacy, Take a Break' features some of THE WLDLFE’s most intricately stitched melodies. The latter has a complicated structure that wouldn’t normally lend itself to earworm status, yet it could easily be described that way.

The stories across the record are earnest, though typically superficial. Songs like 'Don’t Tell Me What I Want To Hear' and 'Towel' are openly vulnerable, about self-doubt and relentless, enduring affection, respectively; 'Real Ones' is made for your party playlist as an oversimplified anthem about friendship. The real magic happened during a stripped back performance for Balcony TV a few months ago that focused more heavily on frontman Jansen Hogan’s vocal performance—after listening to that, I heard all of the lyrics on Not Worried with new ears.

The title track is also its most significant. It is the first the group has released that is completely instrumental, and it has a good chance of being overlooked due to being the album’s closer. That would be a shame, since it finally reveals what we could see peeking through the lyrics on all the previous songs: a technicolor sonic experience. In the opposite corner, my Balcony TV revelation is the new urge to hear the record without vocals at all.

THE WLDLFE seem to have more facets than the average pop group. Don’t let that stop you from putting their new album on your party playlist.