Little Big League, “Tropical Jinx”

Tess Duncan

By Tess Duncan

on 09.11.14 in Listen to This

Little Big League is the chilled-out emo band that I wish existed when I was in high school. The Philly-based foursome first caught my ear back in 2012 when they played an independent music fest in Virginia after the release of their self-titled 7-inch. The debut gave a small taste of their Pavement-meets-Built to Spill song structures and hopelessly poetic lyricism. Now the band’s sophomore full-length is about to hit the stands and title track “Tropical Jinx” feels like it could’ve been pulled straight from Sadie Dupuis’s songbook. Michelle Zauner’s gritty vulnerability is in the spotlight, spiked by screwy guitar chords and layered, echoing murmurs. Zauner’s voice fluctuates between whispery and crystalline, making it a slow-burn track that dips into melodic pop-punk without sounding cliche. Tropical Jinx is out October 14 via Run For Cover Records.