On their first two albums, the young Chicago trio Smith Westerns moved from garage-rock scrappiness to glam-rock hauteur, and now they’ve moved onto the gentle but assured grandeur of prime big-money Britpop. Soft Will, the band’s third album, arrives next week, and it brings the band close to the sweep of, say, the Verve’s Urban Hymns, or that one Longpigs album that went so cruelly overlooked. We’ve already posted the tracks “Varsity,” “3AM Spiritual,” and “Idol,” and now the whole album is streaming over at NPR. Do yourself a favor and go listen to it.
Soft Will is out 6/25 on Mom + Pop.