11 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a run of excellent, home-recorded EPs, Indiana’s Hoops stepped into a proper studio for the first time to make their debut album. Cleaning up the hiss and distortion may have lessened their ramshackle charm, but it also accentuates the gorgeous melodies at the heart of their hazy psych-pop, particularly on the urgent, jangling “Rules” and the bittersweet “Burden.” Sun-bleached reverie persists throughout, but sparkling guitar and synth patterns ensure Routines is always hypnotizing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a run of excellent, home-recorded EPs, Indiana’s Hoops stepped into a proper studio for the first time to make their debut album. Cleaning up the hiss and distortion may have lessened their ramshackle charm, but it also accentuates the gorgeous melodies at the heart of their hazy psych-pop, particularly on the urgent, jangling “Rules” and the bittersweet “Burden.” Sun-bleached reverie persists throughout, but sparkling guitar and synth patterns ensure Routines is always hypnotizing.

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