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Smith Westerns : Soft Will

To some extent, it feels like we’ve watched Chicago’s Smith Westerns grow up; they were, after all, just 19 years old when their self-titled debut album was released in 2009. So it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise to find that their third LP Soft Will – out June 11 via Mom+Pop – finds the band (brothers Cullen and Cameron Omori with Max Kakacek and new full-time drummer Julian Ehrlich) in a more reflective mood; recorded with Beach House/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs producer Chris Coady following months away from home touring its predecessor Dye It Blonde, the album features dreamy doo-wop (“Cheer Up”), mid-paced rockers (“Idol”, “3am Spiritual“) and even an epic, swirling Dark Side Of The Moon-style psych-prog instrumental (“XXIII”). Tracks like “Glossed” and “Fool Proof”, meanwhile, show that they are still refining their preferred brand of synth-smeared, jangling glam-pop; check out first single “Varsity” below.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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