Canasta: Nostalgia-Infused Chamber-Pop

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  • "Slow Down Chicago"
  • "Microphone Song"

Canasta has slowly made a name for itself in recent years, thanks to its inventive arrangements and nostalgia-infused chamber-pop. After self-releasing a few EPs and selling out shows across the country, the band — which is often compared to The Arcade Fire and Belle & Sebastian — has separated itself by layering its sounds while retaining remarkable catchiness. The group's six members all play multiple instruments, and each has a noticeable influence on the shape of Canasta's songs.

Canasta was formed in Chicago in 2002, in an attempt to combine many musical backgrounds and artistic influences into ambitious indie-pop. A self-released debut EP, Find The Time, helped the band win a local following. A full-length album, We Were Set Up, followed in 2005 and landed on a number of year-end Top 10 lists. With a sophomore album coming soon, Canasta looks primed for a considerable breakthrough.

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