Romantic States have shared a new track Barren Idol, which is lifted from their album ‘Corduroy In Italy’. You can take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.
On their fifth album, Baltimore’s Romantic States light a small yet inextinguishable fire. ‘Corduroy In Italy’ captures the minimalist rock group’s undefeatable spirit. It’s nothing new for a small duo like Romantic States to sound huge, as they often do. But it’s rare to hear a twosome like this. Drummer Ilenia Madelaire and guitarist Jim Triplett (they both sing) have a considerate collaboration that doesn’t hide the beauty of simplicity.
Thematically, ‘Corduroy In Italy’ is about hope, regret, the importance and struggle of self-love, acceptance, confusion, holding on, letting go, loneliness, fear, the beauty of animals, human cruelty, and self-reflection. With their clear-headed use of space, melody, noise, and subtle humor, Romantic States is nourishing in a hungry world. The album contains the darkest light, the heaviest levity, and the most cutting softness to enter your ears in any year.