Streets Of My Town: Work Drugs

(photo by somevelvetblog)

With the increasing popularity of bands like Washed Out and Toro Y Moi, it would appear that the gauzy, glossy sounds of ‘chillwave’ are here to stay. While I am by all accounts a fan of those groups, I can often agree with a common criticism that the genre favors atmosphere over melody.  Leave it to a group from Philadelphia to bring the hooks and beats back into the haze. Work Drugs, centered around guitarist Thomas Crystal and keyboardist Benjamin Louisiana, has been self-releasing songs on a very regular basis since the beginning of the year. Despite their retro sound, Work Drugs have strongly embraced social media, encouraging remixing and offering digital distribution of newly-recorded tracks.

Some of Work Drugs’ songs have been collected on the Tropic Of Cancer mini-album. Standouts like “Rad Racer” and “Golden Sombrero” showcase a love for breezy melodies, understated vocals and shimmering arrangements. Since Tropic Of Cancer, Work Drugs have been steadily releasing more tracks for download. Over the past month, they’ve presented “Ice Wharf,” the extra summery “Catalina Wine Mixer” and, just this week, a cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” Work Drugs combine things old and new, antiquated and futuristic, and turn them into something wholly unique.

Listen/Download: Work Drugs – “Rolling In The Deep”

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~ by E. on August 2, 2011.

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