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Posted Aug 7th, 2014 (7:22 pm) by Liam Hart
New single from Purling Hiss

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For those familiar with Philadelphia's Purling Hiss, the band's latest single may feel like a slight departure from their near psychedelic garage rock beginnings.

That's not to say the band's sound on "Learning Slowly" is unrecognizable, but there has definitely been a shift towards a more immediate and accessible, pop oriented aesthetic. And while the track is in no way over-produced, it is pretty far removed from the super low-fi production of the band's earlier work.

As the song progresses there are some heavy, jangling guitar tones thrown into the mix, but it never reaches a point where it feels self indulgent. Most of the psych-rock elements are absent, but a late '80s/early '90s pop infused shoegaze element has snuck into the mix.

The result is song that has an eery but hard to pin down familiarity - a sound that could have emerged out of any of the last three decades. Check it out above and keep an eye out for the bands forthcoming LP, Weirdon, out September 23 via Drag City.

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