Brooklyn indie rock collective Landlady‘s newest material is both a reflection of its collective musical backgrounds as well as the years the band has been playing together. The songs that will go into “Upright Behavior,” which is due out on July 15 via Hometapes, are a collection of movements and styles, all packed into finely-detailed anthems and curiously orchestrated choruses.
The band, led by Boston-bred everything man Adam Schatz, doesn’t really subscribe to washed-out Bandcamp vibes or fashionably lo-fi Brooklyn tendencies, opting instead to create crisp and boisterous samplings of infectious pop with pride. Songs like “The Globe” give light to instrumentation and robust songcraft, weaving through softened tones and inspired volumes. Schatz, who got his start in various Boston bands over a decade ago, draws in influences from other acts that he continues to play with, such as Man Man and jazz outfit Father Figures, making for a fine buffet of sounds to pull from.
Landlady plays Lizard Lounge tomorrow night, and in anticipation for the show, the band has made our Midweek Playlist, which they call, “Songs We Like To Cook To.” Schatz, who often blogs about food while on tour, knows a thing or two about how to whip up something tasty, and this playlist is no different. Give it a listen, preferably while you eat that sandwich you packed for yourself today, and keep an ear out for “Upright Behavior,” due out next month.
|Nina Simone- “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life”|
RECOMMENDED FOR: When you’re out of almost everything and still want to cook something. And you’re all alone.
|Yellowbirds- “The Ceiling”|
RECOMMENDED FOR: Avocado salad. 1st half of the day.
|Todd Terje- “Alfonso Muskunder”|
RECOMMENDED FOR: Risotto or anything that takes a bit of time and intense focus all at once.
|Moondog- “Coffee Beans”|
RECOMMENDED FOR: Coffee beans.
|East Bay Rhythm- “Boogie Children”|
RECOMMENDED FOR: Cooking without hot oil so that dancing is a safe measure.
|J.S. Bach- “The Well Tempered Clavier”|
RECOMMENDED FOR: Waking up.