There’s a great deal of familiarity in a song like “The Dead Leaves”, the newest offering from the songwriters behind the New York-based Modern Rivals. Indie pop remains, as it is said, all the rage these days, and lush slices of garden pop such as this one aren’t hard to come by. But what Modern Rivals do, as any great band should, is remind us of why those things become familiar in the first place: simply put, they’re unshakably appealing.
“The Dead Leaves” is the ideal song for a vintage photo montage, preferably one with lots of people smiling, eyes hidden beneath vintage shades. The synths practically glow as they emanate from the speakers, but their cheer isn’t forced or saccharine. It’s warm and inviting, and as fine a respite from the throes of winter as anyone could ask for.
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