Line & Circle – “Wounded Desire” (Stereogum Premiere)

Line & Circle have always attracted comparisons to early R.E.M. “Wounded Desire,” from the LA band’s new self-titled EP, affirms those comparisons not just in terms of style but quality. On the other hand, There’s a certain point where a band becomes so good at what they do that merely comparing them to older bands simply won’t do anymore. This song is jangly, dreamy guitar-pop of the highest caliber. It suggests the EP, recorded live in LA with Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast’s Crazy For You), will be the best thing Line & Circle have released so far — which, considering how promising their early singles have been, is really saying something. Hear it below.

Line & Circle is out 10/28 via self-release. Check out Line & Circle on tour this fall:

10/22 New York, NY @ Webster Hall Studio ^
10/23 New York, NY @ Piano’s %
10/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
10/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
10/28 Boston, MA @ T.T. The Bears *
10/29 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
10/30 Montreal, QB @ La Vitrola *
11/01 Toronto, ON @ Drake *
11/04 Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
11/05 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
11/06 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
11/07 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *

^ CMJ (ASCAP)
% CMJ (Windish)
* w/ Streets of Laredo