City Paper is not for tourists
Are You Driving Me Crazy?, the third album by Chicago’s Seam (which features singer/guitarist Sooyoung Park and a revolving cast of bandmates), is a pointed meditation on a failed relationship. Seam takes the loud/soft genre conventions of many American rockers and creates emotional veracity through repetition and tension. On “Rainy Season,” a violin and trumpet mournfully support the song’s waltz-time signature as Park recounts a post-rumble reconciliation between lovers still bathed in hurtful feelings. “Season” features his trademark edgy whisper that growls where appropriate. Despite Crazy?‘s entirely new backing band, the album isn’t much of a departure from previous Seam efforts—but it is equally compelling. Songs like “Haole Redux,” “Sometimes I Forget,” and “Broken Bones” are paradigms of Park’s moody pop perfectionism. Seam plays the Black Cat, Tuesday, Sept. 19.