Fall Out Boy’s semipermanent vacation has left frontman Patrick Stump with a lot of pent-up creativity. He seems to be struggling to get a thousand ideas out at once on this EP, made up of leftovers from the forthcoming LP Soul Punk. Mostly, Stump explores a post-emo club-pop style, dispensing wry aphorisms and sleazy come-ons (“Feeling woozy, not a floozy, but the booze makes her less choosy”) on top of over-caffeinated synth loops. The results are a bit unruly: Does Stump know who he wants to be outside his old band? Maybe not, but hearing him try to figure it all out can be pretty fun.
Listen to “Cute Girls”: