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Russian Baths’ polished brand of psych rock is enveloping, swallowing its listener whole. “Poolhouse,” the Brooklyn band’s latest, offers an inviting and dense landscape sprinkled with punk elements like agitated guitar scratches. The glittering track is a refined ode to an existential crisis.
“I tried to straighten it out,” singer and guitarist Jess Rees repeats, cool and delicate as ice, as the song dances in and out of epic rhythmic shifts.
“This song was inspired by a friend’s tumultuous breakup,” says Rees. “The idea can apply to any situation where you wake up and say ‘how the fuck did I get here, I don’t want to be here and I don’t even know who I am.’”
“Poolhouse” is from Russian Baths’ debut EP, Penance, out February 23rd via Good Eye Records. Listen below.