North Carolina’s Late Bloomer recalls the best of the Merge Records bands on which that label made its name and helped to put NC on the map. “Mirror” slow-burns at the start, building itself up around a simple guitar line and terse drums until it all falls apart in the middle — through the muddy fuzz, only one thing comes through clearly: “I’m not who I think I see in the mirror.” Late Bloomer switches gears throughout the song with ease, covering a lot of ground in a short amount of time. The same can be said for their upcoming new album, Things Change, which runs through genres with stunning grace and never misses a step. Listen below.
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