"Static" - Cults [Official Album Stream]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published October 7, 2013

Cults are set to release their 2nd album, Static, on October 15th. Before then, you can stream the entire album for free via NPR Music First Listen.

It's a relatively short album, at a hair over 35 minutes. The 11 songs seem to go back-and-forth between modern dreamy indie pop and retro psychedelic rock. The drum and bass grooves often show punk, hard rock, and even breakbeat influences. The drums and bass drop out completely many times throughout the album, creating a sense of drama as the arrangements are very dynamic and still hold together quite well.

Madeline Follin's vocals are lush, with lots of reverb giving a sense of space and deep harmony. The softness of her voice dictates the overall feel of the record, pushing the sound more clearly toward pop than rock in spite of the overall instrumentation. Brian Oblivion adds supporting vocals, as well as guitar, drums, and percussion. Even though the band is officially only those two people, they have enlisted other musicians for live performances in the past. Currently, no list of credits has been made available, so we're not sure if anyone else might have played drums or keyboard parts. We'll hopefully get that information by the time the album is officially released next week.

You can pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon.

"Static" by Cults Tracklist:

1. I Know
2. I Can Hardly Make You Mine
3. Always Forever
4. High Road
5. Were Before
6. So Far
7. Keep Your Head Up
8. TV Dream
9. We’ve Got It
10. Shine A Light
11. No Hope


Shows (listed at Cults' Bandcamp Page):

Oct 15
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Oct 22
The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA

Oct 23
Theater of the Living Arts
Philadelphia, PA

Oct 26
Downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Oct 29
Black Cat
Washington, DC

Oct 30
Motorco Music Hall
Durham, NC

Oct 31
Visulite Theatre
Charlotte, NC

Nov 01
The Loft
Atlanta, GA

Nov 01
Voodoo Experience Festival
New Orleans, LA

Nov 04
Emo's East
Austin, TX

Nov 05
Houston, TX

Nov 06
Dallas, TX

Nov 08
Albuquerque, NM

Nov 09
The Crescent Ballroom
Phoenix, AZ

Nov 10
San Diego, CA

Nov 12
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, CA

Nov 13
The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA

Nov 15
Wonder Ballroom
Portland, OR

Nov 16
The Rio Theatre
Vancouver, BC

Nov 17
Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
Seattle, WA

Nov 20
Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO

Nov 22
First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Nov 23
Chicago, IL

Nov 24
Grog Shop
Cleveland Heights, OH

Nov 25
Lee's Palace
Toronto, ON

Nov 26
Webster Hall
New York, NY

Jan 31
Durham Performing Arts Center
Durham, NC

Feb 07
Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Columbus, OH

Feb 08
The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit, MI

Indie Pop Psychedelic Rock
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