To say that it never rains in Southern California might be an overstatement, but it’s still an unexpected pleasure to hear something so unmistakably autumnal from the season-challenged state. Letting Up Despite Great Faults, a Los Angeles-based band, effectively capture an overcast mood with “In Steps”, the opening track from their forthcoming self-titled album. Layering lush synth and a shimmering New Order guitar tone, “Steps” prettily evokes the tipping point from full bloom to slow decay, as the warm summer days give way to a wet, windy fall. While the shoegaze-y indie pop of M83 probably represents the closest contemporary reference point, Letting Up’s melodic sensibility is distinguished by careful and decisive plotting— save for the muted, billowing vocals. Overall, “Steps”’ subtle shading suggests maybe there really is no such thing as an endless summer, even in Southern California.
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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – In Steps – (Audio Only)