A Sunny Day In Glasgow took a radically different approach to recording their latest double EP, Planning Weed Like It’s Acid/Life Is Loss. While their previous release, Sea When Absent, was the culmination of a lengthy four-year writing and recording process, according to the band, this album was recorded in a much more spontaneous fashion—and it shows. The songs have a dreamlike quality to them, but effectively avoid the clichés of the dream-pop genre by focusing on substance over mood and by not being afraid to mix abrasive tones with ethereal melodies. Mid-album highlight “Recognizing Patterns” best exemplifies this tendency with its jarring synths and its truly gorgeous vocal harmonies courtesy of Annie Frederickson and Jen Goma. The six-piece will be playing Johnny Brenda’s on Dec. 31 and Rough Trade on Jan. 2.

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