Los Angeles-based act Windows strut a captivating rock sound on newly released singles “Long-While” and “High Sierra Lows,” both released last week. Formed in 2018 by Matteo Arias (Golden Animals), Windows balance lively guitar-led melodies with debonair vocal affections. The sound on these two singles show a suavely gripping disposition, with the band’s sound in general described as a mix of “old California country, classic surf rock, and West Coast psychedelia through a uniquely Mexican-American lens.”
“Long-While” lends a hypnotic charm with its driving guitar work, bolstered throughout by additional layers of twang. The jangly, understated verses and calming vocals mesmerize as the sporadic guitar additions compel, especially with the southern-rock-tinged flair past the three-minute mark. Similarly consuming, “High Sierra Lows” works initially on a bass-heavy pulse, with the ensuing guitar work more embracing of an Americana composure, especially with the gripping “please don’t let me know,” chorus. Both these efforts have me firmly anticipating what’s next from Windows.
“Long-While” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.