Been a good day for the downloads, and we’re capping it with the day’s finest. As we mentioned when taking a look behind the scenes of Rogue Wave’s Asleep At Heaven’s Gate, hints of meloncholic maturity shouldn’t be a surprise for this band, right now: last year Pat Spurgeon received a new kidney, keyboardist Gram Lebron’s father died, Zach Rogue had a daughter, and the band welcomed a new bassist into the fold. That’s a lot of life to go down, and the bittersweet shimmer ‘n’ chime of “Chicago X 12″ sounds like it was tailor made to soundtrack the group’s collective rollercoaster ride. Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws joins Zach Rogue on the track’s delicate melody, and Rogue Wave’s done nothing short of turning out an absolutely perfect, five-plus minute serving of sweeping indie pop. Don’t really have a rating system around here, but if we did, “Chicago X 12″ would get as many thumbs up as we have hands to blog with. Enjoy it.
Rogue Wave – “Chicago X 12″ (MP3)
Asleep At Heaven’s Gate is out 9/18 via Brushfire Records.