"When I Wake" is such a stellar nugget of pop perfection that The Changes
decided to use it as the first track on both their 2003 self-titled EP and this year's Today Is Tonight
. Swathed in an ethereal atmosphere and chopped up by swatches of sharp guitar, the song is proof that kids today are still listening to Simple Minds records (and that's a good thing). Sharing the bill is the pride of Springfield, Missouri, and hero of music bloggers everywhere, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
. If all the critical praise for SSLYBY's album Broom
is any evidence, there's still a lot of love out there for slightly moody, guitar-based indie rock. As if there were any doubt, right?