by Erin Malysa
photo by John Baumgartner
Sometimes your band breaks up, sometimes you record additional albums, but one thing is true: you get older. But age isn’t necessarily a bad thing and, in the case of The Feelies, it allows you to brew an album so rich and powerful you’d guess it came out in 1981. New Feelies release In Between carefully curates 11 new tracks packed with unnerving guitars and hushed vocals that give an eerie presence to songs like “Been Replaced” and “Stay the Course.” It’s like they’ve crawled out of a time capsule to greet the future, but you’re not sure if their intentions are good. Songs like “Time Will Tell” and “Make It Clear” bring back a lighter jangly guitar vibe with airy tambourine that overlays the easygoing drum beat. This album sneaks up on you like a midnight walk home where it feels like someone is following you, before you brush it off and feel safe again. But then a twig snaps and you want to know what the fuck is out there.