No April Fools' Day jokes here, folks: we have a second Cut of the Day! Ben Hubbird of Dirty Mittens
just sent over a demo of the song "Arcadia" from the band's upcoming debut full-length record, and it's a pure gem. Recorded by Jim Brunberg at the Temple and the Falcon and featuring Laura Gibson and Matt Sheehy on backup vocals
, "Arcadia" is a bit of a shift from Dirty Mittens' recent Motown-influenced sound, but no less infectious.
Though the guest stars are sure to snag some of the attention, this is clearly singer Chelsea Morrisey's show. The song opens with a spare guitar line and handclap beat as Morrissey sings, "I turn my face to the sea/ But you won't have a thing to do with me." It's pretty heady stuff for such a catchy little pop song, but Dirty Mittens' best material has always had a sense of something not quite right drifting behind the surface. If this is just a tease, I can't wait to hear what the rest of the record sounds like.
Dirty Mittens play Saturday, April 3 at Doug Fir with Surfer Blood and Turbo Fruits. The band also has a show on April 23 at Mississippi Studios where will be giving away 100 handmade demos from the new album.
Photo by Scott Oseth