Seattle septet Rose Windows were recently signed to Sub Pop and their new label has all kinds of fancy ways to explain 'em, but the best description might come from the band themselves: "Hard-hitting hippies." Singer Rabia Qazi coos like an ever-so-slightly smoothed Janis Joplin, and project mastermind Chris Cheveyo has a compositional ear that swirls the Doors, the Band, and Black Sabbath up beautifully in big old soup pot with flavors plucked from vintage Middle Eastern psychedelia.
The group will release their debut album, The Sun Dogs, on June 25 and to warm us up to the affair, they're now sharing "Wartime Lovers." This incredibly lush highlight kicks off with a hail of bells and keys, and quickly expands into a barefoot orchestra's worth of instrumentation and groove. At one point late in the song Qazi implores us to "gently escape," but we already have — into a simpler, more sonically rich time where vines entwine harp strings and tambourines are handed out to all comers.
Rose Windows tour dates:
May 25 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
May 26 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
July 27 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
September 5-7 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival