Red Face Boy 7''
Rating: 7.5 loved things out of 10
Howard Ivans = Ivan Howard, best known as the singer of the Rosebuds. So as not to repeat myself (aka I'm lazy), see my live review from last year here if you need further information about what this is.
This single actually predates the last record from the Rosebuds "Sand + Silence" (I don't think they ever officially broke up, but I would be shocked if they were ever a band again), but it falls right in line with his solo full-length from last year "Beautiful Tired Bodies." Both tracks - "Red Faced Boy" and "Pillows" - sound like modern takes on seventies-era Chicago. Given that the Spacebomb collective not only released this seven inch but also served as the backing band for this recording session, it totally makes sense it would sound like Chicago. Ivan has a perfect voice to compliment this style of funky soul instrumentation, and to nobody's surprise both tracks work quite well.