The Rosebuds, “Blue Eyes”

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.18.14 in Listen to This

In the years leading up to their divorce and the record that loosely documented it, The Rosebuds were responsible for some of the most sorely overlooked indie-pop songs in Merge’s immense back catalog. Or as Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon once said — exaggerating slightly, but making a necessary point nonetheless — they make “some of the most important music in the world.” Now back after a two-year break spent in different cities and side projects, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp are about to release a new record (Sand + Silence) on Western Vinyl. Featuring a solid backing band — Vernon on synths and guitar, Bon Iver drummer Matt McCaughan, and Sylvan Esso‘s Nick Sanborn on bass — the effort was cut live in Vernon’s Wisconsin studio, which led to tightly wound tracks like “Blue Eyes.”

“Everyone in the room we were working with is such a great musician, so we’d hit record and the whole thing would just sail,” explains Crisp. “Everything would get done in just one or two takes, and the songs all ended up having this buoyancy to them.”

Case in point…