In case you haven’t noticed, I’m super high up on my love for Romantic States, and now with the title track from the group’s forthcoming Ballerina LP, I’m just going all in. For me, this track’s all about Ilenia’s performance; she seems so calm, yet so expressive in the slightest ways…like syllables with emphatic punch or dropping off at the last second. Behind her is the steadying rhythm section and the slightly jangling guitar chords; it’s like they’ve sponsored an indiepop seance and decided to write the whole score; you’re captivated with no room to escape, luckily. Their new LP will be out on November 6th via Gentle Reminder Records.
Romantic States came on to my radar with their Take My Hand and Run 7″; those two songs blew me away, which led to my adoration for their follow-up, Corduroy in Italy. Today, the band announce their follow-up LP, Ballerina, putting the band on display as they continue to flesh out their pop sound. If we’re basing this album off one song, it seems a slight departure, or rather, another step further towards intimate bedroom pop. Their last LP showed glimpses of this, but there was still a little jagged guitar dancing in and out of tunes. Here, you really get this stunning performance from Ilenia, coolly sitting with her vocals in this pseudo-croon as she takes on the role of full-time singer; rhythm duties now feature Shawn Durham on drums and Alan Everheart (Wildhoney) on bass. Jim enters with these bright little guitar lines, but they’re really crisp, rather than distorted; I think it comes across as the perfect accent to the vocals, matching the careful delivery of the melodies. Ballerina already sounds brilliant, if you’re asking; it’ll be out on October 16th via Gentle Reminder Records.
It’s that silly time of year when we ascribe arbitrary rankings to the music created by our favorite artists. And, I’ve already seen a few lists from the likes of Paste or Rolling Stone (among others) that I find completely off the mark. Now, our ATH End of Year list will be a team effort, so here is a list of records I adored that probably won’t end up on too many other “Best of Lists,” though I think they should! Again, no particular order, just ten albums you should enjoy. …that you might have forgotten about.
One of my favorite releases this year is Corduroy in Italy, the debut LP from Romantic States. The duo magically created this blend of dreamy indiepop, all the while holding onto a cool little edge. Today we’re bringing you a brand new video from standout track “Young Love.” The video takes a bunch of still images, lets them fade in and out of your vision. The song, however, is a gem. It takes on this slow croon, and you’re listening, thinking “this is pleasant.” Then the distortion rolls out like a wave receding from the shore, unleashing my favorite chorus piece on the record. The LP is available now from Gentle Reminder.
A lot of friends are making podcasts, playlist and whatnots, so I figured I should go the imitator route. Wanted to start off this week with a little indiepop for you all…so I made a podcast of hits, most of which come from 2017…and a few oldies added in for fun. Enjoy some upbeat numbers today…there’s a tracklist after the jump!
For the last few months, I’ve been raving about the new music of Romantic States, and since Friday, I’ve spent a lot of time spinning their latest LP, Corduroy in Italy. While the singles have been great at teasing what was to come, opener “In My Arms” illustrates just how far the band has come, perfect blending elements of slow core and fuzzy indiepop. Ilenia and Jim switch singing roles throughout, but I think theIlenia’s performance on “Half Your Life” might just steal the show. Seems cliche, but there’s honestly not a bad song on this entire LP. Go grab it from Gentle Reminder Records; it won’t disappoint.
Dammit I love Romantic States. I was just in the doldrums about the lack of hits I’ve found in my daily search of the net, then this gem sneaks up on me. Heavy distorted guitars ring out loud, but there’s a soft underbelly delivered from the vocals that gives a perfect balance to the track. I can’t help but feel the youthful vibrance this track exudes, energizing me here early in the morning. Already feel this album creeping into my Top Ten list for the year; you’re going to want to get your hands on Corduroy in Italy next Friday when it hits via Gentle Reminder.
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Romantic States caught my attention with their self-titled debut for DZ Tapes, and followed it up with an incredible 7″. Now, looks like we’re finally getting another full-length from the band. The band’s approach on their first singer seems to be that summery jangling indiepop, featuring a steady melodic croon operating during the various verses. But, when the chorus slides in there’s a nice jangle, and the tune later breaks down with a little bit of distortion to add some punch. Gentle Reminder Records will be releasing the group’s Corduroy in Italy on May 12th, hopefully bring a fresh batch of endearing tunes.
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In the small world of indiepop, this new single from Romantic States has been making the rounds the last few days, picking up steam and winning us all over. One of the ways the group turns the genre a little on its side is by offering up more distortion in the guitars, giving it the grit mentioned in the title. Sure, the softness from indiepop fans is there, and should be appreciated, but it’s nice to hear it turned up a bit louder than you normally get. This track will appear on the band’s new 7″, which is being released shortly by Nebraskan Coast.
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