Pickwick aren't new to the local music scene—the soul-loving group has been beating in Seattle’s heart since releasing Myths, a series of seven-inches, back in 2011. But with sold out shows at both the Neptune and the Showbox at the Market on their resume, it’s hard to believe they’ve yet to officially release a full-length record. Until now! Next Tuesday, March 12, Pickwick will self-release Can’t Talk Medicine, a 13-track album that's been years in the making, and includes a cover song with Sharon Van Etten and some experimental sonic collages, showing us a side of the band we've not yet seen.
They're as much influenced by old soul records as they are garage rock and indie (they all grew up as Pedro the Lion fans). The song "Letterbox" opens with soft harmonies, making it sound like a new single from the Fleet Foxes, while "Window Sill," the most bad ass song on the album (and therefore my favorite), is evidence of the garage rock influence. "Santa Rosa," the album's closer, is an eerie ballad that's haunted by "I Only Have Eyes For You," and it'll leave your head in the clouds until you hit the replay button. And you'll want to hit the replay button—there are secrets within Pickwick's songs, that only beging to reveal themselves after a number of listens.