When: Fri., Aug. 21, 9 p.m. 2015
Chicago indie-pop group Yawn have a gift for making the musical equivalent of Magic Eye 3-D art. Their tropical pop songs are easy to get sucked into—and occasionally difficult to solve—as the swirling, sunny melodies can put you in a trance so deep you question how long you’ve been submerged in a particular measure. The best moments on the four-piece’s brand-new Day Trip EP (FeelTrip/Old Flame) come when Yawn use their immersive psych to energize pop hooks that burst skyward. On “Only Way” the band quickly roll out screaming psych guitar riffs that have enough teeth and power to get me through the song’s quieter valleys, and the opener, “Overflow,” moves at a steady clip with the kind of driving force that’s fueled less adventurous Autobahn-obsessed rock groups for decades.