It’s been a big year for dreamy Virginia indie-pop band White Laces. As of April, when we premiered “Skate Or Die,” they were still looking for a label to release the follow-up to 2012’s debut Moves, but that didn’t keep them from opening for likeminded Philly rockers the War On Drugs just as Lost In The Dream hysteria hit fever pitch. By the time “Nothing Clicks” hit the internet last month, White Laces had linked up with Happenin’ Records for next week’s release of Trance. Produced by War On Drugs associate Jeff Zeigler (who’s also helmed records by Nothing and Purling Hiss), Trance is retro-tinged with that ’80s haze that cloaked so much of the best rock ‘n’ roll lately. It feels like a flesh-and-blood rock band pensively forging ahead through a digital mirage. There’s also a song called “Keith Sweat” that somehow sounds like Tom Petty, Wild Nothing, and Jimmy Eat World at the same time. (Alas, it doesn’t sound like Keith Sweat.) Enjoy the album in its entirety below.
Trance is out 10/7 on Happenin’. Check out White Laces live in their home state this fall:
10/09 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/17 Blacksburg, VA @ Gillie’s
10/18 Lynchburg, VA @ Speakertree
10/25 Norfolk, VA @ The Parlor
11/06 Washington, DC @ Black Cat