Photo by John Clark
Quasi, the project of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss, assumed their 2013 album Mole City would be their last album. Then 2020 happened, and without much else to do, Coomes and Weiss decided to play music together every day as if they were on tour. Now they're back with a new upcoming album (which will be their tenth) due out next year (their thirtieth as a band).
The first single off of that album is "Queen of Ears," and it's quite simply perfect. It's equal parts melodic and noisy. It's rare to find a song that is as discordant as it is poppy, but that's the beauty of Quasi. It's pure, abrasive indie rock mixed with the kind of pop you would get in the 1960's. It's a fun song with charming harmonies and a drilling indie rock guitar sound. And who doesn't want that?
You can watch the video for "Queen of Ears" below. Breaking the Balls of History is due out February 10 on Sub Pop. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Quasi, check out the band's Facebook and Twitter.