Singles Club: The Hecks + Mr. Elevator + Sondra Sun-Odeon
Chicago's The Hecks just released their LP My Star this past week on Trouble In Mind, which is definitely cause for celebration. The wiry, dark synth-cloaked mess of "Flash" shows off the band's penchant for irreverent, easily distracted soundscapes. A head-scratcher in the best way, "Flash" is curiously quixotic and well worth your time.
It's a very modern condition, that idea of being alone while in the company of others. Between the time we all spend staring at the oblivion of our phone screens to the daily barrage of depressing news, it's easy to feel like everyone is an island. Mr. Elevator's "Alone Together," thankfully, is a perfect antidote. What begins as a mystical, almost tranquil bit of pastoral psych evolves into a complicated, expansive exercise in astral acid jazz manipulations. A truly captivating composition from Oh Sees' Tomas Dolas.
Conjure in your mind the image of roses in snow. Rich, lushly red roses, splayed haphazardly, violent against the winter whiteness of newly-fallen snow. Sondra Sun-Odeon's moody, majestic "Roses in The Snow" captures that contrast beautifully, Sun-Odeon's pain as intense as the conflict between red and white. Tremulous vocals and a towering, slowly-building release make this a powerful, utterly absorbing listen.