Kindling – “Weightlessly” (Stereogum Premiere)

Last November, Massachusetts rock band Kindling released their scuzzy shoegaze EP Galaxies, a four-track effort so humidly blurry it felt like moshing in a grease fire. The riffs were chunky, the high end sounded like it was melting into the rhythm section, and the vocals were seductively indecipherable, turning a conglomeration of sounds into a rich fog to hide away within.

Kindling return this August with a full-length entitled Everywhere Else, and today we are premiering the album’s lead single “Weightlessly,” which bleaches the band’s former murk to reveal a sparkling sheen underneath. The guitars are ringing clearer, the drums are somersaulting more rapidly, and singer Gretchen Williams’ vocals hold a newly phosphorescent glow. It all still bends on itself the way only shoegaze can, but the polished sonics capture the collapse in pristine clarity. Listen below.

Tour dates:

07/15 Cambridge, MA @ Democracy Center w/ Wildhoney, Literature, Bent Shapes.
08/11 Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ California X, Happy Diving, Kestrels, Dirt Devil.
08/12 Amherst, MA @ Laughing Dog Bikes w/ California X, Happy Diving, Kestrels, TBA.
09/16 Asbury Park, NJ – New Alternative Music Festival w/ PS Eliot, California X, Longings, Pinkwash, a ton more

Everywhere Else is out on 8/12 via No Idea Records. Pre-order it here.

CREDIT: Reid Haithcock
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