April 28th, 2012 | Album reviews

Teen Jamz EP
Fat Possum

The press release on this says it sounds like “ELO, Smith Westerns, Future Grunge …” but that’s just because they’re too chicken-shit to say it sounds like Mudd or Chicory Tip. Of course, it’s not that simple, as the singing, plot twists, arrangements and wistfulness of this wonderfully inventive five-song revelation prove that Sam McGarrigle, the one-man band behind the project, could go in any direction he wants. And in fact, some of these songs do evoke the Pixies, Flaming Lips, Suede, Ween, even John Lennon. But there is no DOUBT that Barry Blue’s “Hot Shot” and the hits of the Velvet Tinmine soundtrack loom even larger in McGarrigle’s consciousness, and the title track alone could out-glitter anything thrown at a Republican during this rough primary season. Putting this into your car is like driving along on nitrous while glitter-bombing yourself.

—D.M. Collins