I found myself gazing out of the bedroom window tonight, people watching as the dark set in. My only real distraction was the reverb soaked sunlight being provided by the welcome noise of Painted Zeros.
There is a beautiful subtlety in this self-recorded track by Brooklyn native Katie Lau, bringing to mind the shambling ecstasy of Broken Social scene and the blissed out bedroom pop of Beach House. With one eye on the sky, I get the impression her sound could get bigger, more explosive. This American Life is an exercise in finding freedom, escape. I can’t imagine a better song to go looking for it.