7 follows 2015’s,Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, as well as last year’s B-Sides and Rarities project, and marks the band’s departure from long-time producer Chris Coady. The album’s creation coincided with the completion of the band’s home studio, where they recorded the album alongside their live drummer James Barone and Peter Kember, who you may know as producer Sonic Boom.
“[S]omewhere along the line, we had the idea to avoid the studio, which stifles us,” Alex Scally told Stereogum in a recent interview. “We decided to get some equipment and put it in our practice space and record at a high level without spending all this money to go somewhere else. And that ended up being a huge boon for us creatively. Woah, we can just make a record all of the time and no one can tell us what to do.”
That sense of freedom has given way to fresh, surprising early singles like “Dive”, “Dark Spring”, “Black Car”, and “Lemon Glow”. In our review, David Sackllah praises the album’s “restless energy” before lauding 7 as their “most compelling record in years.”
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