Modern indie-rock has kept busy mining all sorts of sounds from the 1970s, so why not sleek, jazzy funk? That’s what Ladyhips tackles on “In the Ballroom,” the first single from their forthcoming EP, “Live at Farmtone.” Listen, Dammit premieres the song today in the video below, directed by Ty Morin of 179 Pictures.
The Hartford band, comprising musicians with Hartt School of Music connections, isn’t kidding about the “Farm” part of the title: Ladyhips recorded in a Connecticut barn, and at Telefunken Studios in South Windsor, before handing the four songs over to Floyd Kellogg (of Violent Mae and You Scream I Scream) for mixing.
“In the Ballroom” rides a breezy backbeat topped with swirls of wah-wah guitar, punchy horns and whirring organ, along with a pretty sweet keyboard breakdown in the middle. Bassist Sean Rubin sings in feathery tones that grew in power as the song builds to a booming climax.
“Live at Farmtone” follows Ladyhips’ 2012 release “Best Friends.” The new EP is due April 22, and the band plans a CD release show at the Arch Street Tavern.