This is the sound of settling: breezy indie-pop songs that brim with tender choruses, shambling with amateurish charm, occasional shoegaze guitars and straightforward intimacy like it’s the summer of 1991. Populardays neither attempt to make bigger promises nor implie larger-than-life gestures of romance.
But there’s no reason to doubt its intentions. Its youthful idealism feels true to life, and its earnest but ruminative sentiments sit well with their dreamy-pretty production. It didn’t hurt that their rearing of what qualifies as pure, perfect pop sounds old-fashioned enough. It’s a style that’s grown more sophisticated as it ages, and it suits them perfectly.
♪♫ Listen: “December Song”