Album reviews

Album reviews

STARCRAWLER: SELF-TITLED

January 17th, 2018

Ryan Adams, who decided to produce the album after hearing the band on Instagram, claimed that it would “peel the paint off your brain.” While it doesn’t quite do that—the riffs are ten-ton heavy but familiar, the songwriting respectable but a bit green—the moments where it comes closest are the stuff of head-banging dreams.

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BOYO: ME, AGAIN

January 15th, 2018

Although written just three months after the release of his 2016 debut Control, the twenty-something Tilden here unveils a robust new body of work reflecting momentous change and heartfelt introspection.

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DERDE VERDE: MEANDER BELT EP

December 11th, 2017

“Staring into Dying Light,” begins with stark strumming and reverbed vocals and drums as McKenzie’s lyrics warn, “It’s not gonna turn back time / staring into dying light / I don’t want to turn back time.” The echoes and percussion somehow evoke a particularly Midwestern isolation—flat lands, empty skies—but the song soon leaves the planet completely for something more cosmic.

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SUSAN: “TV GIRLS” +2 EP

December 7th, 2017

If there are people better at producing power pop with such a perfect balance of irony, exasperation, and confidence, I don’t know who they are.

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LINE & CIRCLE: VICIOUS FOLLY EP

December 4th, 2017

On closing track "Mid Bloom," however, Line & Circle again flashes their sky-high potential, packing the verses with restless bass lines, sparkling guitars and a memorable melody, then launching straight into jangle-pop-rock heaven on the chorus. It's a glorious moment that recalls the splendor of "Roman Ruins" and ends Vicious Folly on a strong note.

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PRETTIEST EYES: POOLS

November 27th, 2017

The trio's newest Pools, released on John Dwyer's Castle Face, happily captures the pulverizing energy and interstellar explosiveness at the very core of Prettiest Eyes.