Every song on the dream-pop duo Ashrae Fax’s forthcoming record Never Really Been Into It was rescued from a moldering shoebox. That shoebox, dating back to the late ’90s, contained snippets and ephemera of the then-teenaged duo’s earliest experiments as a band. The North Carolina duo recently rediscovered this little cardboard time capsule and decided to bring into the present, re-recording tracks and fleshing out inchoate ideas.
Keep this backstory in mind while listening to the darkly radiant, Cocteau Twins-influenced “CHKN” and then marinate uncomfortably on how good your high school poetry would sound, buffed and refurbished and er, “re-released.” It’s a tribute to the unity of vision of this long-running group. Never Really Been Into It will be out 8/26, on Mexican Summer.