The indie rock scene is buzzing with news of Santah’s new album Chico, which was released earlier last month.
The Chicago-based quintet initially garnered public interest with the 2010 release of their debut album White Noise Bed, and has maintained a solid fan base ever since. Santah, which consists of Steve Plock, Mike Winegardner, Tommy Trafton, and Stan and Vivian McConnell, count Wilco as a major influence and had the opportunity to record at Pieholden Suite Sound, founded by the late Jay Bennett. In 2012, following the release of You’re Still A Lover, Santah spent some time touring and playing several shows, including those at CMJ.
The band describes their sound as “blurry-eyed, dark, doo-wop rock & roll,” a description I don’t think quite fits their woozy, indie flick soundtrack vibe. “Sun On Ice,” for example, reminds me of what you would hear during a dream sequence in a Sofia Coppola film, as is the case with “Did We Sing?” and “Here Are My Shells.” My personal favorite off Chico is “No Human,” a sweet little number that manages to sound both happy and sad.
Though Chico was only released a few weeks ago, Santah fans are already stoked to hear the new album live. Be sure to check them out when they come through a city near you!