It’s a mellow, chilled-out affair with string section, gentle world beats and subtle electro glitches. Quite lovely.
They resurrected “Country Sky” from the album to lead off the EP, both because it’s such a great song and Jeff Saltzman (Stephen Malkmus, Dolorean, Menomena) stepped in to mix the EP, giving the band the chance to take another approach with the tune.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis established their cred as gay allies with their earnest if clunky “Same Love”. But John Grant’s “Glacier” is a vastly superior take on homophobia and its injuries, hidden and otherwise. The closing track on Grant’s much-acclaimed 2013 album Pale Green Ghosts, “Glacier” is a seven-minute-plus, piano-driven ballad sung by Grant in an intimate, direct-address style that is quietly devastating.
This year winter has been one of the coldest and snowiest in Chicago’s not-overly tropical history with the third polar vortex of the season currently camping out over the area through at least the end of February. Fortunately, in the middle of this Chiberian ordeal local sextet the Lemons (not to be confused with the early ‘90s Seattle alt-rockers) dropped a debut album that positively radiates toasty mid-summer happiness.