Before It Gets Better: “Sober” by Seventh Day Slumber

Although addiction is a very common human experience, it's also an uncomfortable one. The process is messy, complicated, disquieting to sit with. That makes it easy to default to wrapping it up in a varnished, shined-up narrative of linear healing: "addicted" to "better." But that is simply not the process most of us live. That's why we need songs like "Sober" from Seventh Day Slumber.

ROP Throwback: Chasing Furies “With Abandon”

For the short lived family band Chasing Furies, their 1999 album With Abandon—the only piece of work they’d release as a group—fused the angelic vocal qualities of dream pop with instrumentation laced with both shoegaze and jangle rock fundamentals. They created a distinctive sound that most artists in similar industry circles avoided.