King Tuff – “Smalltown Stardust”

Didn’t even know how much I was missing King Tuff, but the arrival of a new single, “Smalltown Stardust,” today closes the wound of absence from the past few years. The title track from the upcoming new album continues to embrace Kyle Thomas’ push away from the more bombastic elements of rock and towards a pop wonderland that glides through psych, glam, and ‘90s alt impulses with transformative ease. Over duct taped backbeats the song fuses bittersweet harmonies with sunny strums and a bit of lonesome piano. Fully exiting the garage with this one, Thomas aims for eclectic indie gloss and hits the mark. The cut is paired with a charming Sesame Street-esque video by Giraffe Studios. Smalltown Stardust is out January 27th from Sub Pop.

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