Standards is the third “official” Into It. Over It. album. It’s an album that was written in a cabin in Vermont and recorded in San Francisco, on opposite ends of the US, and yet it’s also somehow a record so thoroughly Chicago that — in the way most great Chicago records do — it exposes a breach in genre classification. From the onset, Standards delivers a newfound openness that yields the kind of hybridity most associated with Evan Weiss’s adopted city. It’s a position where skittish post-punk evolves from a Rhodes electric piano; where ambient post-rock drifts alongside a low-slung jazz groove; where Fahey-styled fingerpicking gives way to sharp and angular distortion. “We went into this record intentionally unprepared, and I have never done that before,” Weiss recalls, and this is probably the point. Cohesion happens in the process, not the product.
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The follow up to 2013’s critically acclaimed Intersections, Standards was recorded and produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, Mountain Goats, Death Cab For Cutie) at his Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco. The latest outing has already been deemed “a fantastic album”, by Stereogum in addition to broad praise from the likes of Spin, Noisey, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, and USA Today.