Swings make good on their name with “Calling It,” the final single before their first album, Detergent Hymns, sees the light of day (or really the pitch-dark of magnetic tape). Room-swaddling guitars waver around a now-plodding, now-stumbling, now-suddenly-jazzed drumbeat, recalling nothing so much as an Algernonian lucid dream or weed coma. The barely-there vocals are less piercing than they are mushmouthed and befuddled — it’s hard to imagine them reaching a scream, let alone a steady tempo — and the atmosphere is one of resignation: given up, gone home. That may sound bleak, but the track positively glows, the blend of texture and tempo never cohering but inhabiting a blurred, melted warmth, the humble mumbles straining into warped falsetto.
Earlier peeks at Detergent Hymns — opener “Pale Trinity” and halfway marker “Heavy Manner” — have hinted at the Tenleytown trio’s peculiar perch in the strange and verdant landscape of post-emo post-pop-punk “soft rock hard rock,” as they’ve tagged it. The lush “Calling It” fixes their bright star way out in their own corner of that sky, and we couldn’t be more stoked for Detergent Hymns to see release from Quiet Year Records January 17th.