The excellent “Microwave S’mores” comes via Silver Liz, the Chicago-based project of Carrie and Matt Wagner. The project first caught my ear in 2017 with the tracks “Him” and “Hazy Daisy.” “Microwave S’mores” comes from the duo’s upcoming sophomore album, serving as the only album cut “fitting in the shoegaze/dreampop category.” Beyond there, listeners can expect a stylistically eclectic approach.
“Microwave S’mores” grows from suaver guitar-fronted rock into whirring, dramatic synths. The latter section delivers as an engaging hook, providing a fun contrast from the jangly guitars in the verses and bridge. The fuzzy, synth-laden section easily gets stuck in my head.
“‘Microwave S’mores’ is about embracing the tendency to be a homebody,” says Matt. “When I showed one of my friends the song, he asked ‘you okay, bud?’ The lyrics are not meant to be depressing and it wasn’t out of irony that we chose to put them with music that is light and in a major-key. The music suggests that the lyrics are a celebration of accepting your introversion.”
Carrie adds: “The song, which we actually wrote last year, is called ‘Microwave S’mores’ and it’s about wanting to stay indoors. Considering what’s going on in the world right now, we think this is the perfect time to release it. Of course, many of us are desperately wanting to go outside these days, but this song might help some remember all the times they wished they’d had an excuse to stay in.”
“Microwave S’mores” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2020’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.