Years ago, Paramore and its drummer Zac Farro’s Halfnoise project felt incongruent — the bombastic punk of the former not quite aligning with the unassuming, far-ranging pop of the latter. That doesn’t really matter — sonic exploration is what projects are for. But over time, and especially with last year’s ’80s-indebted After Laughter, their pop sensibilities began to mingle and even complement each other.

Farro’s new Flowerss EP as Halfnoise coalesces his rhythmically rich psychedelic-pop tendencies most swimmingly, especially on “She Said.”

With a whispered coo and buoyant guitar figure spindling its way throughout, “She Said” could just as easily appear on a Phoenix record, but has the added benefit of Farro’s aerobic drumming, adding a sparkling snap to its fizz.


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