Last November, Elly Swope released the EP “It Feels the Same Everytime.” It was the first batch of material the songwriter released under her own name — she had previously recorded and performed under the pseudonym Focus! Focus! — and its five tracks of passionately performed, intricately arranged indie pop established Swope as one of Portland’s most exciting up-and-coming artists.
Swope’s new single, “Habits,” is similarly great. A minor-key plaint that holds a magnifying glass over the “intricacies of codependency” (or so says the musician’s official bio), “Habits” weds Swope’s anxious, ramshackle vocals to warmly recorded acoustic guitars and retro synthesizers. It’s a lustrous, infectious pop song that seems poised to become one of this summer’s anthems, in spite of its bummer subject matter.
Elly Swope plays a single release show on June 29 at The Fixin’ To in Portland, Oregon.