Few personalities of the indie middleground have been championing the genre of sophisti-pop as avidly and skillfully as Kurt Feldman. Formerly of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Depreciation Guild, the New York musician’s main project, Ice Choir, is all velvety textures and harmonically stunning chord progressions; for the perfect channeling of the spirit of the sophisti-pop archetype, Prefab Sprout, however, we had to wait until “Abandonware.”
The single comes ahead of Roman a Clef’s debut album under the same title, which drops June 2 on Infinite Best (home to Mr. Twin Sister and Ava Luna). The band is a supergroup of sorts, too: besides Feldman, it features A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Ryan Newmeyer and Jen Goma, which alone might explain the elaborate sonics of “Abandonware.” The song’s lush, dreamy indulgence in melody is steeped in experimentation the way A Sunny Day…’s shoegaze swims in a sea of productional innovativeness. Roman a Clef’s introduction to the world wraps a challenging songwriterly exercise in an effortlessly alluring envelope.
Listen to “Abandonware” below. You can pre-order Roman a Clef’s debut LP here.