What times are we living in? Did you see that coming? What makes the guitars so exuberant? Are the band really from Chicago? If so, why do they sound so Brit, so glam, so Beatlesque all at once? Could you ever imagine C86 sounding hi-fi? Are they really that young? Countless questions abound with Smith Westerns‘ Dye It Blonde, an album that revels gloriously in wake of the best crafted pop music of old. Bursting with imagination, this sophomore effort is unapologetically excessive but never wasteful, making its 35 concise minutes an unquestionably delightful listen, brimming with innocence and fervor. I really couldn’t ask for more. – Dan.
Dye It Blonde is out now on Fat Possum.