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By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 3, 2011 4:40PM


Santah's debut White Noise Bed has been out for over a year, but it's only now that it's getting an "official" label release. So forgive us if our exclusive download from the band has already met your ears; you may consider yourself ahead of the buzz. Pat yourself on the back for already ferreting out a local gem that seems headed towards wider acclaim.

The Chicago group, formed while a members of the band attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recorded their album at Jay Bennet's old studio and the result is exactly what you would expect from the first two-third of this sentence. White Noise Bed is built on a steady foundation of Midwestern rock, with a subtle dose of pop, a sideways glance at twang and a healthy hankering for the slightly psychedelic. These kids aren't exactly rewriting the rulebook, but they certainly know how to bend its boundaries enough to keep their songs fresh and interesting upon multiple listens.

"Chips Of Paint" is easily one of the strongest songs from White Noise Bed and serves as a fine example of the band's ability to blend multiple genres at will to create something wholly their own.

M4A: Santah "Chips of Paint"

White Noise Bed is out June 8 and Santah plays their local record release show at Beat Kitchen on June 18.