Shortly after “When the Sun Hit” — the second single from Tempest le Mans’ Apology EP — begins it seems to stop entirely. Before this pause, the track grows sleepy and hazy, aided by vocalist Nathan Castiel’s soporific delivery, with stringy guitar coloring in the reverie. After the break, John Rockwell coaxes in a new musical climate. It’s this Los Angeles quartet’s brush with speed, swirling bass-and-drum duality, and covert relationship drama. The result isn’t completely sunny, as Castiel’s register never leaves its dazed affectation behind, but this track’s once-dormant solar flare explodes into focus for a clever indie-rock ride. Listen below.
“Apology“ will be released June 28th digitally, as well as on CD and cassette.