Every so often an album drops that makes you freak out a little bit inside; enter Seattle-based Rose Windows, my latest obsession. Their new album, The Sun Dogs, will be released June 25 via Sub Pop and, after spending a few glorious hours with it today in the sun, I am excited to say I have a fourth contender for best album of 2013. The band just released their first single off the LP, “Native Dreams”.
The song opens with a flute solo before giving way to a solid guitar riff and organ. But at the forefront of Rose Windows’ powerful experimental psychedelic rock are the mystical vocals of Rabia Shaheen Qazi. Somewhere between Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and The Besnard Lakes’ Olga Goreas, Qazi’s vocals have been called enchanting and exotic for good reason.
“Native Dreams” is the obvious first single, but The Sun Dogs includes an additional eight tracks that range from the psych-ballad “Walkin’ With A Woman” to the hyper-dreamy swagger of “Indian Summer”.
Rose Windows is on the road now in support of The Sun Dogs and will be rolling through their home-state around mid-month. Listen to “Native Dreams”, watch the album’s teaser video and jump below for local dates, including a stop in Bellingham!
May 16 – Olympia, WA – The Northern
May 17 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
May 18 – Spokane, WA – Baby Bar
May 25 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
May 26 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Jul. 27 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party