Cozy Hawks Shares A Cut Off Their Debut Release.

If there's a dude in town who has a right to hate Neon Indian, it's Adam Bertholdi, who saw his cutesy indie-pop band Gazelles fall apart when Alan Palomo swept in and recruited his drummer and guitar player — Jason Faries and Ronnie Heart (who we'll have more on in the coming days), respectively — to hit the road with his then-new chillwave upstart.

Alas, Bertholdi never complained. He simply kept his head up and kept writing new songs — and really strong stuff at that.

His resulting new project, Cozy Hawks just posted its debut seven-song release, perhaps fittingly entitled No Blues. With assistance from bassist Robert Paine and drummer Brack Cantrell, the new disc's Arcade Fire guitar tones and throwback wall-of-sound influence are refreshing updates to Bertholdi's familiar, pleasing indie pop stylings — and not just in bits and pieces here and there.

The album, recorded by ubiquitous Denton sound engineer Justin Collins, is strong from start to finish — perhaps as should be expected given the once-prominent popularity of Bertholdi's bygone Gazelles.

His could have been a tragic story, but, y'know, now that we've heard Cozy Hawks, something tells us that Bertholdi's going to be OK in the long run.

Oh, and thanks to Bertholdi for passing along the new album's lead cut, “Water Wings,” along as a free download to Central Track readers. Check it out and download it below.

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