I don't know what it was about the album Broom by Springfield's Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin but when I listen to it, I feel as if I'm listening to an album that describes, to a tee, an awful break up that I went through during which time that record was there for me when no one else was. It makes me think of sleepless nights and the crushing realization that I've lost something that once meant everything to me adn now, isn't even pertinent. The curious thing about this, however, is that Broom didn't come out during that time in my life. When Broom came out, I was happily single and had been for a while. Heartache was a nonexistent factor in my life and the fact of the matter is that I've only had one "bad break up" ever and my album, for that, interestingly enough, was by Metric. But I guess it's just a sign of a great album that something can be so evocative to someone who's experienced little to no emotional distress at the time when it entered their life.
Of course, then Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yelstin's sophomore release hit the proverbial shelves and my love for them was sullied by overproduced, lyrically subpar songs and my love for the Midwest foursome cooled significantly.
If, however, the demo and new track that the band has released off of their Chris Walla produced forthcoming third album is any indication, it seems that SSLYBY is returning to their roots in a way, leaving the sheen of their Perishing behind them. "Sink/Let It Sway" would seem right at home with songs like "I Am Warm and Powerful" off the band's debut, with vaguely sad lyrics, hook-laden choruses, and surprisingly bright guitars that never fail to bring a smile to the face of this blogger.
Sure, two good tracks does not a great album make, but it shows an incredible amount of promise for a return to form for Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin. While is it unlikely that any song off the forthcoming LP will come to hold as much significance to me as the band's song "House Fire", what I've heard thus far gives me hope that the new album will bring SSLYBY up from the ranks of "That one band that had a really good debut and then sort of fizzled" to "A relevant and incredibly noteworthy indie quartet".
Let It Sway comes out August 17th and the band will be hitting Lincoln Hall come September.