The Velvet Teen’s new album All Is Illusory is their first in nine years, following 2006’s Cum Laude! The first single is called “The Giving In,” and it’s a climactic and emotional bit of heart-on-your-sleeve indie rock that makes me feel like an angsty teen again. This is urgent, crisp emo from a California trio — the best kind in my very biased West Coaster’s opinion. All the careening, spidery guitar solos spin off into space, but Judah Nagler’s bright, soaring voice anchors it. Listen below.
All Is Illusory is 6/30 via Topshelf Records. Pre-order it here.