The album art for Jaro's La Bleue
Chicago hip-hop trio Hurt Everybody made experimental-leaning tracks that blurred the boundaries between rap and pop, but earlier this year they broke up
. Fortunately I've found other young acts who seem to have learned from Hurt Everybody, including local four-piece Beach Jesus
. They've been relatively quiet since releasing the EP This Time Last Year
in February, but their members have kept busy—last week Beach Jesus producer Jaro dropped La Bleue
, a wistful four-song EP featuring some of his bandmates.
skews toward electronic pop, no song more than "Window Pain." Jaro collaborated with producer-singer Elias Abid
on the taut, chilly instrumental, and the tune features vocals from Luke Olson of breezy local indie-rock outfit the Walters
(whose frictionless guitar hooks and calming vocal harmonies are clutch). Olson's sorrowful singing meshes perfectly with the frosted, low-key funk thump of "Window Pain."