Despite promising that their upcoming third album, After The End, would see them reborn as a “twisted pop band,” Florida post-punks Merchandise haven’t given in completely to the magic of mainstream love songs and dance tunes. Though indicative of a new sound, lead single “Little Killer” simply emphasized more melody than past fare. Follow-up single “Enemy”, meanwhile, was definitely bright and shimmery, but the dark undercoat was still too dense to ignore.
Today, however, Merchandise shares one of its most straight-forward and gleefully poppy numbers to date with “Green Lady”. If 1988 Phil Collins and 1986 Morrissey spent a long weekend in the studio, they’d craft this little pop-rock gem. Aside from the last 40 seconds of squawking guitar, it’s an uplifting and feel-good blend of New Wave drums, melodramatic guitars, and perhaps one of the most endearing vocal performances from frontman Carson Cox. It’ll make you want to thrown on a blazer and walk through the mall with your girlfriend as she shops for bangle earrings or fingerless gloves.
Listen in below (via Stereogum):
After The End is due out August 25th via 4AD. In support, Merchandise will be on tour this fall, sharing the stage with White Lung, Lower, Ninos Du Brasi, and more. Consult their full schedule here.