Motel Beds & Kelley Deal – “Tropics Of The Sand” (Stereogum Premiere)

Motel Beds & Kelley Deal – “Tropics Of The Sand” (Stereogum Premiere)

Motel Beds are the latest entrant in Dayton’s long line of indie rock greats, and for their contribution to a new Record Store Day split with Torres, they tapped one of their predecessors in that line. Kelley Deal, who besides the reunited Breeders also plays in the Motel Beds’ fellow Misra Records act R. Ring, provides harmonies on the shoegaze-inflected acoustic ballad “Tropics Of The Sand.” It sounds a bit like the Breeders, actually, but with tinges of Yo La Tengo’s languid slow jams drifting through the haze. Listen and be soothed below.

The Torres b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal split 7-inch is out Record Store Day (this Saturday 4/19) on Misra. “Tropics Of The Sand” will also appear on an upcoming Motel Beds rarities comp called These Art The Days Gone By. Speaking of Motel Beds, Kelley Deal’s R. Ring, and comps, those artists will appear on another Misra release this Record Store Day called 15 Years: Adventures In Obstinacy, which tracks the label’s history via contributions from Shearwater, Phosphorescent, Crooks On Tape, Southeast Engine, and more. Here’s the Adventures In Obstinacy tracklist:

01 R. Ring – “Fallout & Fire”
02 Shearwater – “Whipping Boy”
03 Crooks On Tape – “If Feelings Mean A Thing”
04 Motel Beds – “Smoke Your Homework”
05 Summer Hymns – “Beginning to See”
06 Centro-Matic – “Triggers and Trash Heaps”
07 Sleeping States – “Rivers”

01 Phosphorescent – “I Am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)”
02 Southeast Engine – “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains”
03 Holopaw – “Discotheque”
04 Emily Rodgers – “Bright Day
05 The Mendoza Line – “Triple Bill of Shame”

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