Hailing from our fair city of Chicago is Flower Shops. With one track up on bandcamp, search results don’t paint a clear picture of the solo project of William Karmis quite yet.
A guitar riff too surfy for Illinois beckons you to stop and listen. Lo-fi snares and tambourines materialize what Karmis describes as “rose petal echo pop.” The unpolished and raw sound oddly maintains a type of elegance that finds itself quaintly stretched across a beach towel far from Lake Michigan. It’s difficult to believe that such a summery song was written this winter. Clearly William is handling this weather better than me.
Bringing a new twist to a familiar dream pop sound, Flower Shops might be the catchiest thing you’ve heard all week. As for the video accompanying it, there’s nothing I dig more than 90’s esque gnar shredding.