album::Headlights:Some Racing, Some Stopping

Illinois trio Headlights has toured virtually nonstop since their 2004 formation, playing over 300 shows in the past two and a half years in support of both its debut Enemies EP and its 2006 lp, Kill Them With Kindness. Headlights will release its second album, Some Racing, Some Stopping on Polyvinyl on Feb. 19. The songs on Some Racing, Some Stopping purposefully lack much of the spacey atmospherics that define the band’s earlier work. Instead, the album, which is self-produced with drummer Sanderson manning the boards, is steeped in a classic pop sensibility, reminiscent of the ’60s, Brill Building song craft, and Phil Spector production. Songs like the chiming, harmonic “Catch Them All,” the light and airy “Cherry Tulips,” the solemn “January,” and the driving, string-touched “Market Girl” are evidence of an album that is more focused, and, in a sense, more simplistic than any of the band’s past work.

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