11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Their third full-length release in 18 months, and the follow-up to the fantastic Crimes, Everything Touches Everything signals more than just prolific songwriting and recording — it marks the ascension of a remarkable band. A loose tapestry of roots rock and jangly pop, These United States delivers gritty rock-n-roll (“Night & the Revolution,” “End”), twangy folk (“Will it Ever,” “I’m Gonna Assemble a City”), and moments of melodic beauty (“The Secret Door,” “Good Night Wish”) with style and sincerity. Propelled by sharp guitar licks and particularly good use of pedal steel and piano, the songs twist and turn along with the inspired wordplay and stirring vocals of lead singer Jesse Elliott. Their intriguing lyricism touches on themes of country, identity, fear, and the fine line that sometimes separates desperation and optimism, and they pack in a lot of ideas while keeping the tunes chugging forward. Everything Touches Everything is an accomplished and enjoyable merging of indie rock and the next generation of Americana.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Their third full-length release in 18 months, and the follow-up to the fantastic Crimes, Everything Touches Everything signals more than just prolific songwriting and recording — it marks the ascension of a remarkable band. A loose tapestry of roots rock and jangly pop, These United States delivers gritty rock-n-roll (“Night & the Revolution,” “End”), twangy folk (“Will it Ever,” “I’m Gonna Assemble a City”), and moments of melodic beauty (“The Secret Door,” “Good Night Wish”) with style and sincerity. Propelled by sharp guitar licks and particularly good use of pedal steel and piano, the songs twist and turn along with the inspired wordplay and stirring vocals of lead singer Jesse Elliott. Their intriguing lyricism touches on themes of country, identity, fear, and the fine line that sometimes separates desperation and optimism, and they pack in a lot of ideas while keeping the tunes chugging forward. Everything Touches Everything is an accomplished and enjoyable merging of indie rock and the next generation of Americana.

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