• Pennsylvania

Back in a March In Rotation, the Owl’s talent buyer Aaron Dexter sang the praises of local four-piece Melkbelly, and a couple of weeks ago he announced that he was starting up his own record label, Automatic Recordings, and his first release would be the band’s debut LP. A couple of days ago Melkbelly released a preview track from Pennsylvania, which Dexter will have out next month, and after giving it one listen it’s easy to see why he—and probably anyone else who hears it—loves this band so much. The song is called “Doomspringa” and it’s perfectly crafted noise-pop. Noisy guitar freak-outs alternate with beautifully melodic verses that show off Miranda Stokes’s sweet and breathy vocal hooks—the back-and-forth between the two vibes is jarring and so frequent it can almost be overwhelming. One of the most exciting new sounds out of Chicago for a while, the album, engineered by Cave’s Cooper Crain, is bound to be great. You can check out “Doomspringa” below.

Melkbelly play at the Burlington tomorrow night with Earring, RXM Reality, and Clearance.