Popdose is very pleased to bring you this exclusive new track off the debut full-length album from St. Paul, Minnesota’s The Persian Leaps.
“The Persian Leaps” began as a phrase singer/guitarist Drew Forsberg doodled in a notebook margin during a college Greek archaeology course. He wrote music independently under that name for years, until finally assembling a full band in 2012 to perform and record driving, chiming music influenced by The Smiths, Guided by Voices, and Teenage Fanclub.
The Persian Leaps have adhered to a disciplined schedule of concise releases: each fall bringing an E.P. of five songs, totaling fifteen minutes or less. In 2013, The Persian Leaps released their debut E.P., Praise Elephants, which NME Magazine described as a “celestial guitar jangle”. The band completed a follow-up E.P., Drive Drive Delay, in 2014, praised by XS Noize for its “instantly catchy melodic harmonies layered on top of droning guitar.” 2015, saw High & Vibrate, by The Big Takeover for its “big-time hooks, upbeat attitude, classic power-trio punch.” 2016’s Your City, Underwater earned a spot on The Big Takeover’s Top 30 E.P.’s of 2016. September, 2017, Bicycle Face was delivered, yet again, to fan and critic praise. Named for a 19th-century medical condition, concocted to scare women away from biking, Bicycle Face was described as a “perfect power pop cocktail” by 50thirdand3rd.
This year brings the band’s first full-length release, Pop That Goes Crunch, an 18-song “best of”/anthology. With 17 remixed/remastered tracks, and one new single, it marks the end of an era, while celebrating and revisiting some of The Persian Leaps’ best work.
About the new track, “Time Slips!”, Drew Forsberg reflects: “”Time Slips” is a song I wrote about my grandparents, who lived hundreds of miles and a few states away from me. I spent summers with them as a younger kid, and they were incredibly important to me. But after I became a busy (and self-involved) adult, I rarely saw them before their deaths. I still feel guilt and regret over how I drifted out of their lives.”
Take a listen and think about the meaning of the lyrics. We think you’ll really like this one a lot.
Pop That Goes Crunch will be released on Friday, October 12, 2018.