The newest Laughing Chimes single, A Promise To Keep, expands on the band’s now familiar jangle-pop sound with blooms and echoes of Southern Gothic rock (think Fables-era REM or the second Pylon album) as well as the ambitious grandeur of late 70s UK post-punk forebears. A Promise To Keep blends lyricist Evan Seurkamp’s vision of countless abandoned towns of Appalachia with cavernous vocal poeticism, moth-wing guitars, and the lyrical bass of new band member Avery Bookman into a haunting anthem of decaying houses and moonlit fields.
On the “B-side” we have the band’s version of Ballerina Out of Control, a deep cut from 80s jangle/dream-pop band The Ocean Blue and a formative influence on the Seurkamp brothers. The Laughing Chimes’ version is stunning, evoking a mood of melancholic ache that makes a perfect complement to the dark drive of A Promise To Keep.
‘A Promise To Keep’ track listing
1. A Promise To Keep
2. Ballerina Out Of Control
Stream: A Promise To Keep + Ballerina Out Of Control via Streaming Services