TOPS – ” Sleeptalker “

Posted: July 11, 2021 in MUSIC

Change of Heart

The Montreal musicians that congregate around Arbutus Records often have an early morning eeriness to them. That’s usually translated through an electronic sound found most notably on Doldrums’ Lesser Evil and Grimes’ Visions and more recently on the incredible single “Malachite” by Lydia Ainsworth. But that romanticism and otherworldliness shows up in more traditional ways, too, like Sean Nicholas Savage’s sparse, lovely “Heartless” from earlier this year, and now the new single by TOPS. It’s a track filled with gently twangy guitar lines and lyrics, delivered by whispery vocalist Jane Penny, that evoke a sort of half-awake poetry: “Hold on to words/ when you are sleeping/ words you forget in the daylight/ words that you are speaking.” Forget how often the term “dream pop” gets tossed around — this band seriously earns it.

Change Of Heart / Sleeptalker” is a 7″ record with TOPS lead single “Change Of Heart” backed with “Sleeptalker”. Both songs are featured on their new record, “Picture You Staring”, which is a lush array of timelessly crafted songs. Change Of Heart / Sleeptalker gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded and produced at Arbutus Record’s studio in Montreal, these are impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listens.

Montreal 4-piece return with this soft, sleepy number. Find it as the B-side to a 7″ out now, and later on their forthcoming LP. Both via one of our favourite labels around, Arbutus Records.

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