Album of the Week: Little Church – It’s Not You EP

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2019 in Music |

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Of all the albums we’ve heard the last few weeks, few if any, have affected us quite like the EP It’s Not You from Chicago dream-pop/soul quartet Little Church. Holy wow, we absolutely love this band.

The disc opens with “Last Night” a hazy and languid slice of dream-pop with gorgeous, soulful vocals from Chelsea Foss-Ralston and an intoxicating and hypnotic rhythm section. Foss-Ralston also adds a searing guitar solo in the song’s latter stages and the song is well, just damn awesome.

The positive momentum continues on the swirly and cylindrical “Outside.” Utilizing the synth maestro Sean McConnell to full effect the song is a bit more hyper-charged and urgent than its predecessor and sounds exactly like a song that should be flooding playlists by the hour.

The album moves into a more ambient and experimental direction on the ethereal “So Long.” A bit more of a groove or vibe song, “So Long” does feature another exceptional guitar rsolo from Foss-Ralston and more dazzling and hypnotic effects from McConnell. And then there’s that rhythm section, hot damn they are air-tight.

The effervescence continues on the sprawling “Trippin’” an airy and bouncy cut that features more honey-dripped vocals from Foss-Ralston. Quite frankly, we’re not sure a vocalist has had this much of an effect on us in quite some time.

It’s Not You concludes with the placid “Same Way” a somewhat anti-climactic effor that features more celestial synths from McConnell and Foss-Ralston’s entrancing vocals. While “Same Way” was not quite the fitting conclusion this album deserves, in the end, this is an EP that absolutely slays from the very first seconds. We called It’s Not You our EP of the week, but heck this just might be one of our favorite releases of the year.

We have no idea when Little Church plans on visiting Orlando, but we sure hope it’s soon.

Little Church is:
Chelsea Foss-Ralston – Vocals & Guitar
Christian Whiting – Bass
Khori Wilson – Drums
Sean McConnell – Synth & Effects

Below is a live video of the band singing “Outside.”

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