I knew something cool would eventually come out of this chillwave, beach-combing, lo-fi, pop tripe we’ve been inundated with over the last couple years. Bird Names, formerly of Chicago, now of Athens, GA, have taken a lot of the laid-back, sun-soaked easy-listening indie pop of late and run it through the stuttering avant-pop influences of guys like R. Stevie Moore. The result still has that cool, sea-air vibe, but the band has ditched the ironic detachment and now leans a little closer to the Elephant 6 folk stylings of their adopted home.
“The Beach at the Lake” comes care of the group’s latest album, Metabolism: A Salute the Energy of the Sun out on the newly minted Northern Spy Records. You can bump the lead single below and you can jump on over to the label’s website and pick up the record.

And a bonus. If you dig the vibes you’re getting here, you can get large portions of Bird Names’ back catalog, for free!, over at Free Music Archive. Click here to gain access to 27 of the band’s jams with nary a cent subtracted from your bank account.

And the duo are prepped to alight in the Midwest in early March, dates below:

3/4: Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH
(w/ Milk And Cookies, Beardo Bandini, Library Time)
3/5: Paychecks Lounge – Detroit, MI
(w/ Lord Scrummage, Salt Lick, Just Boyz, Reptile Zoo)
3/6: Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
(w/ Unmanned Ship, Campfires, Headless Horseman)
3/7: Live on WNUR – 89.3fm – Chicago, IL
Time: TBA
3/8: Floating Labs – St. Louis, MO
3/9: Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
3/10 – Marburg Hotel – Cincinnati, OH
(w/ The Book Slave, 100 Year Ocean, Fractal Fractal)