Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: An original X member, he’s taken things in a country/roots rock direction, and this is all that and more.
Free Association: 57 and still churning out records that don’t suck—bully, ole man!
For Fans Of: The Sadies, Gram Parsons x A. A. Bondy, good ole boys, rock legends.
Sounds Like: Glam rock Miami boys’ second on Sub Pop’s little sister is a strong, albeit retro-influenced, crunchy and shiny scuz rock gem that’s a scoche surf punk.
Free Association: Lyric’s aren’t the focus, unless you’re real into girls, A/C and boners.
For Fans Of: They obvs love X and Television, Bowie x Smith Westerns, the ’Glades.
You Are All I See
Sounds Like: The excellent debut from Pat Grossi, a young former choirboy (his falsetto’s KILLER), making synthy, beat-based creations of electronic bedroom dreams.
Free Association: The “How To Dress Well” track’s insane; but the whole thing’s sick.
For Fans Of: a-ha x New Order + Austra, James Blake, raising the emo-electro bar.
Hostage Calm is cool with the chaos