The Chairman Dances will be releasing their new album Small Comforts at the end of the month, but not before we get one more tasty morsel fro the record to entice us. The first thing that struck me in this tune was the lyrical craft; it’s got this playful storytelling that reminds me a lot of Stuart Murdoch, feeling both personal and a little self-deprecating. Then you dive into the craft and the song’s arrangement swells with little touches like the way the drums seem to rumble across the back or the way the guitar strums seem to lift the syllabic delivery of the vocals. It’s a delicate pop tune for those seeking to immerse yourself in someone else’s storytelling.
The Chairman Dances have had me wrapped around their songwriting fingers for a few years now, and with The Strength of Your Arm on the horizon, it seems only fitting we dig into another tune. I really like the subtle nature of this track; to be fair, it reminds me of a Pains of Being Pure at Heart record if you stripped it completely bare, with the melodic notes shining through. What I’ve really enjoyed listening through this track is the way there’s this omni-present patience; the song seems content to unfold slowly, never really rushing, though still content to charm. This feels like a record I’ve already got marked for a favorite of the year; the Strength of Your Arm is out July 23rd.
The Chairman Dances are one of those bands that you treasure, keeping to yourself, except, when you can’t, because you want everyone to enjoy. You’ll find this single on the forthcoming LP, the Strength of Your Arm, which comes out at the end of July. For me, this song flirts with branding itself as sort of an indiepop tune, though you could easily just file it under a mellow brand of exploratory indie rock. The vocals are feathery, with light jangling bits coursing through the tune; I’ll be honest, however, as I feel there’s some resemblance here to the early charms of Death Cab, with the group really working to build in some textural elements throughout.
In case you haven’t seen all my fawning over The Chairman Dances, I hope this new video gets you as excited for the group’s release as I am. This song takes on that literary pop mixed with the fuzzy guitars you might hear on those new Grandaddy songs you’ve been raving about. I like how the guitar gives an energetic boost to the track, which otherwise could fade into the realms of stereotypical pop…it doesn’t! There’s a nice angelic vocal chorale to close out the song to boot! Pick up your copy of Time Without Measure from Black Rd Records now.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to The Chairman Dances, and here I am fortunate enough to share a brand new track with you today. It’s another piece of literary pop, like a unique blend of Mountain Goats and Dent May. And, like all great pop tunes, it’s the texturing and careful touches that make the track; listen through this song for the fuzzy underbelly that leaves ample room for the vocals to really take off. Pop music needs more songwriters like this, both playful and thoughtful all at once. Next week you can grab their new effort Time Without Measure via Black Rd. Records!
Something familiar lurks in the sounds/songwriting of The Chairman Dances. Part of me hears bits of Allo Darlin or Austin’s Hollywood Gossip, but I also can hear a touch of Mountain Goats, though spun in a more pop direction. It’s an approach I’m definitely enjoying, bordering the line’s between folk tradition and indiepop joy, and I always appreciate such exuberance. They have a new album titled Time Without Measure coming out on August 26th via Black Rd Records, so give this tune a listen.
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