Rose Windows: “Strip Mall Babylon”

Photo by Lauren Rodriguez

Rose Windows’ debut The Sun Dogs could have been filed in either the folk or metal category. The Seattle band zeroed in on that late ’60s, early ’70s sweet spot when bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath filtered folk influences through a hard rock lens.

Rose Windows return with their self-titled second album on May 4, but the band is unfortunately calling it quits. At least they’re going out with a bang: Rose Windows tightens up the sound, reigning in some of the psychedelic touches in favor of punchy, interesting songs. “Strip Mall Babylon” starts off as a folky sing-along before exploding in the chorus, perfectly showing off Rabia Shaheen Qazi‘s powerhouse voice. Take a listen and download below.

–Art Levy

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