Roommate was birthed as a solo project in New York City around the turn of the new millennium¬†and, like any idea with a shred of merit, grew and evolved into something bigger and more ambitious. ¬†Now a 4-piece with a new hometown in Chicago, Roommate have returned after 4 years with their 4th full-length.
Roommate are hard to pin down. ¬†The brainchild of Kent Lambert, the group teeters on the thin line between¬†pop and avant-garde. ¬†Their 2008 album We Were Enchanted¬†leaned towards the latter, plodding through¬†surreal lyrics and minimal electronic palpitations. ¬†The first single off the new album, however, swings the pendulum towards more pop-oriented melodies. ¬†Secret Claw¬†glides through gentle acoustic loops and reverberating pianos, a major departure from 7 years ago. ¬†Fans of Austin’s Royal Forest and early Built to Spill will love the stuffing out of this album.
15 years strong, Roommate is obviously¬†doing something right.
MAKE LIKE limited edition LP
Mastering and lacquer cutting by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Pressed to 160g black vinyl at Gotta Groove Records, Cleveland.
Includes digital pre-order of MAKE LIKE. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
Shipping out on or around 23 June 2015
Edition of 300
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive