Literature announce new album with “The English Softhearts” single

Quinn Moreland

In 2012, Philadelphia four-piece Literature quietly released their debut LP Arab Spring. The album began circuiting around the indiepop community and quickly gained much-deserved recognition. I think I heard about the album later in the year from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman, who acted as Literature’s unofficial hype-man, praising the band on every social media outlet possible.

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As an 18 year old living in the suburbs of Florida where NO ONE liked indiepop or had ever heard of Slumberland Records, Literature felt like my own special band. I remember road-tripping to Tallahassee with my then-boyfriend and forcing him listen to Arab Spring on repeat, which he unfortunately hated. Needless to say, I have a lot of love for Literature and their power pop. So when Sam of Gold-Bears introduced me to Literature’s guitar player Kevin at NYC Popfest and Kevin told me that not only is Literature coming out with a new album, but that the album might come out on Slumberland, I could barely contain my excitement.

The first single from this album, titled Chorus, dropped yesterday to my extreme excitement. “The English Softhearts” finds Literature dialing down the noise and break-neck speed of Arab Spring for a sound that resembles, well, a nostalgic British indiepop band. Additionally, the lyrics reflect the blend of modest self-deprecation and wistful romance common to Slumberland acts: “You say you’ve got a lot to lose / And not too much to win / I think you know it’s true / I’d give it all up for you.”

Pre-order Chorus over at Slumberland

Stream “The English Softhearts” below.

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