Chicago psych-pop septet the 1900s have enough members that their songs can effortlessly slide across styles (coke ‘n’ rhinestone country, urban pastoral garage, straight-up boy/girl belting), filling a room while remaining breezy ‘n’ easy, even when dropping lines like “You said you’d never want to take it from behind from boys / but pride starts wasting away before your youth” in the chiming, bouncing, tambourine ‘n’ piano tapping “Georgia.” The dozen tracks on Cold & Kind, the follow-up to last year’s Plume Delivery EP, layer strong harmonies over vintage keys, piano, strings, and the rest of the rock ‘n’ roll sink. Sometimes we hear Belle & Sebastian covering 10,000 Maniacs; at others their named influences Fleetwood Mac (in those swaggering, calming voices) and Velvet Underground (the guitars!) raise their royal heads. Or, how about Nico’s “These Days” sped and filtered through youthful Roky psych rollicking in “Two Ways”? (We’ve posted the track below along with the aforementioned “Georgia” for your closer inspection?)
The 1900s – “Georgia” (MP3)
The 1900s – “Two Ways” (MP3)
Yup, the six EP songs hinted at something. This full-length debut should deliver the 1900s to an audience outside the British twee bedsitters. Or they’ll just have to get a bigger bed.
Cold & Kind is out 10/02 on Parasol.