It's obviously too late for me to place a submission for our Artists To Watch In 2015 playlist, but had I been able to offer a contribution, I'd have Chastity Belt right up there with the rest of 'em.
The Seattle-based quartet recently announced on Facebook that they signed with Sub Pop imprint label Hardly Art to release the follow-up to their acclaimed debut, No Regrets. And along with the happy news, the ladies kindly shared their upcoming sophomore record's title track, "Time to Go Home."
The word "bipolar" comes to mind when it comes to first impressions of the song. There's an oscillation between a melancholic verse that trudges with guitarist/singer Julia Shapiro's languid vocals, and a chorus of mellifluous "oohs" over quick picked melodies that becomes an unexpected, but welcoming surprise. The setup is there to lead you in, but the synchronized beat of the guitar strum and kick drum is passive enough that it doesn't quite prepare you for the single's sprightly section.
The mood swings don't quite end there though. The band makes room for a mellower moment with a mid-tempo bridge, then heads back into the chorus that crescendos into an aggressive outro where chords are really hammered out as Shapiro repeatedly belts "time to go home."
Chastity Belt's second album will be released on March 24. Keep an eye out, I know I will.