Chicago’s The Thin Cherries is the brainchild of scene vets Mark Lofgren (The Luck of Eden Hall) and Steven Delisi (Phenomenal Cat) and the pair, who share songwriting and vocal duties, bring years of experience to the table on the band’s self-titled debut.
The album opens with the big drums and Echo & the Bunnymen-inspired guitar of “Uncountry,” Lofgren’s lead vocal a purring whisper. The rougher-around-the-edges “Twonty” follows, its mix of folk rock and psych just missing the mark.
“I and Julia” again features Lofgren on melodic lead vocals, while “So Many Faces” (like “Twonty”) is a Delisi lead (his vocals better on this track than the previous one). Lofgren’s “Dorian Gray” (the album’s first single) recalls his work w/ The Luck of Eden Hall: Big Star power pop w/ dream pop dynamics.
“Oven Mitt” benefits from a swirling, shoe-gaze intro while “Not My Love” is an early 70’s Laurel Canyon number with plenty of charm. A pair of adventurous songs close out the record: the jazzy, keys-driven “Kissimmee”and the ethereal “Star Lounge,” Delisi’s strongest vocal contribution.
The Thin Cherries, which dropped today, is available via the group’s BandCamp page.