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Literature – “New Jacket” Video

On their album Chorus, the Philadelphia band Literature show an equal love of the ’60s and ’80s forms of jangle. One of their catchiest songs is “New Jacket,” a glimmering lo-fi romp. In its new music video, director Erik Smith shows us a lot of musicians playing and sun shining on residential neighborhoods, and he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Literature – “Kites” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Literature’s new Chorus (which you can stream here) is a record that really earns the adjective “kaleidoscopic.” Their music is lovingly indebted to ’60s pop, while being in tune with the jangling textures of ’80s bands mining that same sound, but it’s also a record that sounds right at home with indie rock in the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 28, 2014 - 10:25 am

Stream Literature Chorus

Philadelphia band Literature showed a total adoration for Kinks-style ’60s pop on their recent single “The English Softhearts,” and their new album, Chorus, explores that sound even further. They tackle it with charm, humor, and lots of jangling guitars, which bring to mind another ’60s-obsessed band: the Soft Boys. So it might be more accurate… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 5, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Literature – “The English Softhearts”

The cover for Literature’s sophomore album is a collage of flowers, cut up haphazardly and squished together in an explosion of color. Similarly, “The English Softhearts” is a pastiche of earlier sounds, indebted to the ’60s but in a smart and charming way that doesn’t attempt to hide its influences in a way that lesser… More »

By: James Rettig / July 16, 2014 - 2:31 pm