On their latest track, Chicago’s Michelles laze around in the dusty, summer haven of ‘Reservation.’ Michelles self-titled, debut LP came out in 2013, now with their sophomore release, Dark as a Daisy, (currently available across most digital outlets) with Reservation being the second single taken from the LP. Their previous single, ‘All Is Forgiven,’ came loaded with dream/garage rock beats and riffs that could rub shoulders with the likes of Crocodiles or Echo & the Bunnymen. However, on Reservation, the style contrast is immediate and even more exciting. The moment that blues infected guitars begin, following the opening drum beat, Reservation is a nostalgic flashback to Smith Westerns and Girls; with dream pop welcoming in a new face to the ever-popular genre. Falling short of the 3-minute mark, Michelles only downside on Reservation is that we get less than 3 minutes of this beautiful, blues influenced dream pop, rather than an elongated display of what Palace and Smith Westerns would have sounded like in a collaboration. You’ll just have to keep it on repeat just as we are. —Velvet Independent 6_8_17
I spend a lot of time wading through emails day after day, always looking for something that’s probably going to get overlooked, unjustly. This Michelles tune, for instance, is a prime example, filling my ears with great energy, though just enough of something different to keep me interested. It almost holds onto a touch of Britpop, and throughout it twists and turns with these perfect drips of ecstasy. Honestly, one of the reasons I think I’m listening repeatedly is there’s not a lot out there that I can compare this Chicago act to, and in saying that, that says enough. Good and refreshing. Dark as a Daisy, the new LP, will be released later on this year. Sample this tasty treat. —Austin Town Hall 2_22_17
[Michelles’] new single “All Is Forgiven” sounds like a mustier and more ambitious version of Smith Westerns, with an injection of swirling psychedelia in the keyboard usage and prog-rock in the revolving structure. Off the project’s upcoming, long-awaited new album, it’s a mightily impressive track that suggests this release is well worth anticipating. Think Suede crossed with Smith Westerns. —Obscure Sound 11_29_16
Michelles newest single “All is Forgiven” combines a classic indie rock feeling with psychedelic instrumentation and prog-rock progressions. The track proves that the band has continued to progress in their sound since their debut LP way back in 2013 and that there are exciting things on the way for the Chicago-based group. —The Violet Wave 11_25_16
With so much uncertainty and negativity in the world today and many songs reflecting this somber attitude, it is refreshing to come across a song that breathes optimism. It is an added bonus that the tune comes from a little band trying to breakthrough, which is what Michelles are striving to achieve. And the song in question is “All Is Forgiven”.
Taking a page out of early Tame Impala (before Kevin Parker experimented with mushrooms), Michelles deliver a vibrant psychedelic-pop song that tickles of the ’70s and ’80s. The track is drenched with the summery vibes of West Coast USA, but a dreaminess lingers thanks to frontman Michael Daly’s warm falsetto. The combination provides the perfect platform for this song about, obviously, forgiveness and moving forward. Despite the dark days that have come, there is hope that a new day will yield better things (although it might be another four years for that to happen). This is just the song we need at just the right.
Not too prolific Chicago psych-poppers Michael Dalaigh, Ryan Farnham and Benjamin Balcom, follow their self-titled album of 2013 and last year’s ‘Everybody Knows’ with another touch of their dreamy 70s inspired groove on this new single. Star rating: ★★☆☆☆ —Little Indie 11_24_16