It’s a good time to be Imperial Teen. The San Francisco quartet were squishing together hooks and drones before everyone had broadband, and now they’ve returned with their first album in five years, just as bands like Frankie Rose and Weekend are helping revive the sound of classic indie pop. Feel the Sound turns blipping guitars and synth riffs into roller-skate jams the whole band can harmonize over. Even if Imperial Teen’s gay pedigree seems, thankfully, far less of a big deal than it used to, it’s still cool to hear “Last to Know” endorse “pumped-up pecs and sticky skin,” while “Over His Head” and “Hanging About” are perfect for pretending the Pacific Coast Highway is the Autobahn.
Listen to Imperial Teen’s “Runaway”:
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