Toronto’s Motorists divine a classic guitar pop pulse, imbuing their first single “Through To You,” and subsequently, their debut LP with ringing guitars and an insistent ache. The band finds the through line from ‘70s piners like Shoes, Badfinger, or Raspberries and chases their influence down the line to indie heroes like Velvet Crush and Sloan. The song crackles to life immediately, with Craig Fahner’s vocals having the kind of lived-in ease that makes the best guitar pop embed itself into your memories. The song is a summer soaker, tripping over relationships, warm days, and the kind of personal connection that’s hard to get out of your system once its gone. Just a warning, this one’s going to live on repeat for you over the next couple of days. The band augments the cut with a video inspired by 70s and ’80s German TV program Beat Club’s stripped down appeal. Surrounded is out September 3rd from a trio of labels We Are Time/Bobo Integral/Debt Offensive.
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