Philadelphia, PA's Suburban Living have signed to 6131 Records for the release of their sophomore album Almost Paradise, which is due out in October 2016. Recorded by Jeff Zeigler (The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nothing), Almost Paradise is a bold and sweeping album that expands upon the bedroom dream-pop of Suburban Living's eponymous 2015 debut.
Whereas the band began as a solo project of singer/guitarist Wesley Bunch – with him writing, playing, and recording everything on his own – it now includes Michael Cammarata (drums), Peter Pantina (bass), and Chris Radwanski (guitar) in collaboration to fill out the sound. The album was written across 2015, a year after Bunch moved to Philadelphia from Virginia Beach, VA and found himself working through both a heartbreak and the sense of disjointedness that comes with relocation. The resultant Almost Paradise is a coming-of-age breakup album that looks at the loss of love and friends, and the unmoored feeling that comes with change and finding a new sense of home.
Bunch by chance met engineer Zeigler, who shared his vision to create a darker, noisier, and unexpected album than Suburban Living's previous LP, EP, and 7-inch. While each song is distinct and varied, the atmospheric Almost Paradise feels full-bodied and cohesive, from the hypnotic rise and fall of "Come True" to the epic wall-of-sound of "Two Years;" from the dramatic sweep of "Lovely Times" to the chiming swell of "Lies & Demands."