Wayne Szalinski – “Kiss Me In The City” (Stereogum Premiere)

Wayne Szalinski are a band out of Michigan that make nervous, idiosyncratic, and highly enjoyable rock. After two EPs, the group is getting ready to release their debut full-length, Black Mirror. They describe the album as “a neo-noir that struggles with masculinity/identity, entangled sexuality and violence, and questions why we love at all,” and while it certainly gets into those themes and handles them well, it never feels bogged down by them. First and foremost, this music is just a hell of a lot of fun. It’s rickety and ambling pop, with vocals that practically shake and often careen off into unexpected places. “Kiss Me In The City” is a highlight from the record, a light gem with a heavy heart. “You say our love can make it so what’s the use in breaking–/ Tell me what you’re waiting for/ While I’m staying here, you’re slipping out the back door, and so there’s nothing left in Michigan.” It’s weighty music written intelligently and deftly with sharp hooks and satisfying melodies that mesh together like puzzle pieces. Listen below.

Black Mirror is out 10/21. You can preorder it here.