I really like this song "Settlers" on Philadelphia four-piece Little Big League’s debut album, These Are Good People—or better yet, I like how it affects the album as a whole. The six tracks that precede it, if you're not feeling analytical, are fairly straightforward indie rock. For the past week, I've been listening to it during my commute to quell rage. "Settlers" breaks the pattern just slightly. There's a guitar solo before any singing, and when the vocals show up they begin in a near-whisper and climax in strained, painful ouch. It's as if spending the LP's first 23 minutes not screaming so loud it causes self-harm was just about all frontwoman Michelle Zauner could stand. Everything that preceded "Settlers" seems four or five times tenser after hearing it, and I like that that potential was there. The LP is out now via Tiny Engines.
August 12, 2013