Stream Friend Roulette’s Grow Younger EP (Stereogum Premiere)
Aptly named Brooklyn collective Friend Roulette brings together, per their Twitter bio, “violin/bassClarinet/EWI/ 2-4 drummers/3voices/moog/guitar” in service of forward-thinking, off-kilter chamber pop. Their forthcoming Grow Younger EP is bursting with imagination; it’s the sort of record where dignified string arrangements bleed into gauche prog-rock synth lines and twee-inflected ballads bloom into psych stompers. So much is going on in these songs that it’s no wonder so many players are involved, but the music never feels too busy or undermines itself. Everyone seems to have bought into the same master plan, and the results are highly pleasant. Enter Friend Roulette’s expansive sonic realm below.