Published May 08, 2019There's always been a tenderness beneath the buzzing, brassy noise that has become characteristic of Radiator Hospital. For their latest project, the Philadelphia-based emo band have chosen to further indulge their sentimental side. True to its title, Sings "Music for Daydreaming", is introspective and unassuming, the perfect soundtrack to drift away to.
Noticeably more acoustic than past albums, several of the tracks feel almost bluegrass-adjacent. "Stories We Could Tell" opens with a bluesy guitar riff that develops into what can only be described as an upbeat polka-rock song — think the Felice Brothers, only grittier and more garage, the kind of song indie-heads could line-dance to.
On "Guitar," however, the band strips down to bare essentials: Sam Parrot-Cook's whiny vocals, which double and harmonize beautifully during the chorus, are accompanied only by a simple, spare piano melody. The song tells the story of how Parrot-Cook left his favourite guitar, which once belonged to his sister, backstage at a dive bar in Savannah. "Never thought I would lose something I loved so much," goes the chorus.
Music for Daydreaming is a significant departure from the grunginess of Torch Song, for example, but no less raw. Though they rarely pass the three-minute mark, each track is dense and intricate enough to get lost in. (Salinas)