Hazy three-chord power/pop with a dense shoe-gaze shine is the blissful forte of Ex Cops, a Brooklyn band formed last year by Brian Harding (ex-Hymns) and Amalie Bruun (ex-Minks). Expanded to a five-piece, Ex Cops move from the stripped bedroom tunes of their earliest offerings to their forthcoming full length True Hallucinations (January 22, Fat Possum), what their press bio calls a "mind-altering pop pill that maintains the intimate mood of the original group’s sound, but now presented in widescreen Technicolor." John Siket (Blonde Redhead, Yo La Tengo) twiddled the production knobs on the new project, taking the band's lush, radio-friendly melodies and wrapping them tightly in scuffed black leatherette. The new Nick Lowe-styled "James" sets the stage with a sound both laid back and strikingly urgent, new wave pop simplicity -- and Harding's velvety vocals -- shrouded in a 3am pharmaceutical buzz, a killer backbeat and a wall of guitar strumming delight.
Ex Cops - "James" (from True Hallucinations)