“Submarines in Stockholm,” the second track to be released from A.C. Newman’s upcoming Get Guilty, might disappoint fans, but then again, we’re not so sure we can judge on their behalf. Like all of Newman’s “perfect pop songs,” this one layers an instantly memorable sing-song-y melody over textures (like the quiet keyboard in the bridge) that reward repeated exposures. And of course, the mildly rocking package is garnished with artfully nonsensical lyrics. “Perfect” is sometimes just another word for “rote.”
Download “Submarines in Stockholm”: StereogumA.C. Newman Delivers Another So-Called ‘Perfect Pop Song’
Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.