2011's Mindreading is the second album from Singer who originally formed in Chicago in 2007 and released their debut, Unhistories in 2008. Mindreading finds Singer drifting away from the abstruse structures that knotted their debut, morphing into a distinct refinement of their former sound. Following the departure of Todd Rittmann (for Dead Rider), Singer was now a three piece band made up of charter members Robert A.A. Lowe and the Vida brothers, Adam and Ben.
Singer still pops on Adam's abstracted beats, but this time, rhythms are keyed by analog synths and licks courtesy of Lowe and Ben Vida. Group vocals, a democratic fundament to Singer since the start, highlight the songs, at times fingering the languidity of soul music; and diverging in an exchange both restless and copacetic. The pleasure of experimentation underlies every direct move made in the name of pop entertainment, with different meanings and readings intact. It all lives as one.
The changes Singer has undergone are ultimately natural; an amoebic evolution in sound. There is newfound energy here: Mindreading is a craft languidly jetting in the open air, equally composed of organic and synthetic elements, cross-pollinated, a next-wave hybrid vehicle. Thus altered, with fewer controls and expanded motility, this new kind of Singer advances through a widening pass of musical inspiration, moving into a smoother, occasionally broken landscape of melodic song and aural bliss.