Reigning Sound, “Never Coming Home”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 05.08.14 in Listen to This

In much the same way Mikal Cronin emphasized the “pop” aspect of powerpop upon signing to Merge, the new single from long-running garage titans Reigning Sound is a showcase for frontman Greg Cartwright’s unparalleled knack for melody. “Never Coming Home,” from the group’s forthcoming Shattered, is built on a big, bright acoustic guitar strum and a shuffling backbeat, as Cartwright reflects on a lost love. Right on time, the strings come in, and the whole thing gains an elegance and beauty that rivals classic Go-Betweens.