Can't Talk Medicine by Pickwick on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

If you appreciate the sophisticated retro-cool of artists like Raphael Saadiq and Nick Waterhouse—and the darker, dirtier style of The Black Keys—you'll likely soon be scuffing up the dance floor with Seattle's Pickwick. The group has finally issued a debut album flavored with all manner of R&B and soul, as well as scores of unknown '60s garage rock heroes. Recorded by the band in a living room, the tones are warm and appropriately fuzzy, with reverb bouncing off every element and a Rhodes piano bubbling at the core of some of the liveliest, most danceable tunes ("The Round," "The Shadow"). Conjuring styles from smooth and silky classics like early Motown and Smokey Robinson, '50s doo-wop, and '70s soul-pop, Pickwick—and especially talented vocalist Galen Disston—can effortlessly spin out a seductive, slinky tune like "Hacienda Motel" or "Lady Luck" (featuring Sharon Van Etten). Then it cranks up the garage vibe to the gritty-plus level without missing a beat ("Window Sill"). Tunes like the soulful "Well Well" and "Halls of Columbia" blend a contemporary indie sensibility with a number of vintage elements, resulting in an impressive cocktail of then and now. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you appreciate the sophisticated retro-cool of artists like Raphael Saadiq and Nick Waterhouse—and the darker, dirtier style of The Black Keys—you'll likely soon be scuffing up the dance floor with Seattle's Pickwick. The group has finally issued a debut album flavored with all manner of R&B and soul, as well as scores of unknown '60s garage rock heroes. Recorded by the band in a living room, the tones are warm and appropriately fuzzy, with reverb bouncing off every element and a Rhodes piano bubbling at the core of some of the liveliest, most danceable tunes ("The Round," "The Shadow"). Conjuring styles from smooth and silky classics like early Motown and Smokey Robinson, '50s doo-wop, and '70s soul-pop, Pickwick—and especially talented vocalist Galen Disston—can effortlessly spin out a seductive, slinky tune like "Hacienda Motel" or "Lady Luck" (featuring Sharon Van Etten). Then it cranks up the garage vibe to the gritty-plus level without missing a beat ("Window Sill"). Tunes like the soulful "Well Well" and "Halls of Columbia" blend a contemporary indie sensibility with a number of vintage elements, resulting in an impressive cocktail of then and now. 

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About Pickwick

Seattle-based quintet Pickwick splice soul into their stylized indie rock. This blend of groove and pop savvy was evident on their 2013 debut, Can't Talk Medicine, and its 2017 sequel, LoveJoys. Pickwick's origins lay in a folk group fronted by Galen Disston and Matthew Emmett. Around 2008, the duo decided to shift toward a soulful direction, expanding to a quintet with the addition of Garrett Parker, Michael Parker, and Cassady Lillstrom. Producer Kory Kruckenberg worked with the band on three 7" singles in 2011. All the 45s were compiled as the EP Myths, which was followed by the self-released Covers EP in 2013. That same year brought Can't Talk Medicine, a Kruckenberg-produced full-length album released on Small Press/Dine Alone. Emmett left the group after the release of Can't Talk Medicine. Alex Westcoat took his spot and the group teamed with producer Erik Blood, who previously worked with Shabazz Palaces, for LoveJoys, the sophomore set that came out in the summer of 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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