Two years after they began recording the follow-up to their debut LP, Cold & Kind, Chicago's the 1900s are finally celebrating the release of Return of the Century today. If you caught my recent review of the record, you'll know that the band have delivered something pretty special, with 11 songs featuring their most beautiful melodies and captivating lyrics to date. Pick up the album on CD, vinyl, or digitally here.
The 1900s have also made a video for lead-off track "Amulet," which you can watch below. According to a spin.com interview with band member Edward Anderson, "The video mirrors the song's narrative of a woman being lost in the desert" and "is partially based on Licorice McKechnie, a singer with '60s psych folk act the Incredible String Band, who mysteriously dropped off the grid about 20 years ago."
The band played Fireside Bowl last week (WCR's own Andrew recapped the show), but don't worry if you missed it. They will also be playing a free in-store set this Friday, November 5 at Wicker Park's Reckless Records as well as the Empty Bottle on Friday, December 3.