August 9, 2022

Swimming Feeling, the brand new album from Chicago recording engineer Seth Engel’s band Choices, is out immediately. As heard on lead single “Toast,” the challenge presents an attention-grabbing mix of rock subgenres. I hear some power-pop in there, a little bit of mathy emo, a smidge of fuzzed-out DIY crunch that jogs my memory of Ovlov and early Foo Fighters, some pensive clean-lined indie rock within the Dying Cab vein, perhaps even a hint of roots rock? No matter you wish to name these things, it’s good: stuffed with nifty interlocking guitar riffs and winding tune buildings and choruses that sneak up on you. Beneath, you may faucet into that Swimming Feeling your self.

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