Forth Wanderers are a five-piece indie band out of Montclair, New Jersey, whose self-titled Sub Pop debut is going to make just about everyone's end-of-year lists. It's an exuberant, intelligent, confidently delivered record that never falls into navel-gazing self-satisfaction or cliché. Ava Trilling is a naturally gifted lead singer who already understands that she doesn't need to push her voice into unnatural territory for it to draw a listener in; Duke Greene and Ben Guterl have a seemingly innate understanding of each other's guitar styles; Noah Schifrin and Zach Lorelli form a subtly experimental rhythm section that never fully allows a song to settle. Some of this has to do with the band's broad musical taste—they reeled off Sun Ra, Sammus, and Sade to Leah Mandel in a Noisey Next profile last week. Some of it just has to do with the fact that they're a really good young indie band who don't seem to have been wracked by self-doubt.
We've been saying this forever, but now Forth Wanderers is available to stream (via Stereogum) ahead of its release this Friday. Listen to it immediately. It rules, and you'll be able to tell everyone that you got in near enough to the ground floor.
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