TEEN's 2012 debut LP showed immense promise from the Brooklyn four-piece. Kristina 'Teeny' Lieberson, the lead vocalist and guitarist, splintered from Here We Go Magic to form the outfit, recruiting her sisters Katherine and Lizzie, and Jane Herships to assist in creating the. Their first record, In Limbo was an impressive concoction of post-punk bitterness, off-kilter pop and psychedelic riffs recorded in living rooms and barns – it was lo-fi, frayed-around-the-edges noise. They followed In Limbo with a single ('Ambient'), but the Carolina EP is their first proper release since their record.

The title track is a mechanic, psych-guitar cut with a melody vaguely resembling Gary Numan's 'Cars'. It's hypnotic and blurry, yet somehow jagged. Everything is ever-so-slightly off: there's brass that's unnervingly dissonant, languid synths that absent-mindedly wander in the background and dazed vocals. It's a pop song that's swigged Listerine and is throwing up while Procul Harum play in the background. 'Paradise' sounds like Warpaint; ethereal voices and muffled underwater guitar riffs canoodle with each other, building numerous layers of harmony. However, unlike Warpaint, it's got a strong positivity.

The EP was funded by Kickstarter backers (who had the opportunity to get a meal cooked for them by Jane, or go for drinks with the band, among other things), as increasingly more releases are nowadays. The money was raised so that the foursome could record in the warmth of a proper studio (Strange Weather of NYC to be precise) instead of at strange locations around the North-East. Kickstarter and other pledge projects are taking off in a big way lately - Zach Braff's thematic sequel to Garden State has just been backed by the masses. The generosity of strangers clearly has its benefits, especially when the fruits are things like this.

There's a lot of variety of the EP as they toy with their sound, with tracks like 'Circus' demonstrating their passion for the weird (it's an electro-polka effort with doo-wop vocals and hurricane drums) and songs like 'Glass Cage' verging on Cocteau Twins. As well as displaying their experimental flair, Carolina is a welcome respite between releases. Surely they're gearing to follow up In Limbo at some point this year, after they've worn themselves out touring Europe and the USA. The five-track EP gives us perhaps a hint of what to expect from their next offering, or maybe it's just the ideas that were leftover from recording the full-length; regardless, Carolina is pretty great.