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Say It Anyway - Picture Frames
73
In which Say It Anyway discover time travel by recording an album in 2002

The nice thing about pop punk, if you like pop punk, is that it’s pop punk. It’s always pop punk. When it’s bad, it’s pop punk. When it’s good, it’s pop punk. Say It Anyway are pop punk. On their debut EP, Picture Frames, they deliver exactly what’s expected of them, complete with quiet acoustic departure. That departure aside, it’s upbeat, energetic, slick, and ... read more

Eades - Delusion Spree
78
Clanging, haughty, energetic proclamations of joyful English discontent make for a decent debut album

On Delusion Spree, Eades populate their songs with disillusioned ne’er-do-wells bouncing aimlessly from empty endeavor to empty endeavor, then set it all to a danceable beat, caffeinated hooks, and shouted melodies. They’re bored as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Or rather, they are going to take it, but they’re going to have as much fun as possible ... read more

CMAT - If My Wife New I'd Be Dead
85
CMAT’s captivating debut showcases an eclectic blend of influences

Equal parts 70s country and confessional pop, Lana Del Rey by way of Loretta Lynn (or vice-versa), If My Wife New I’d Be Dead brings to bear the hallmarks of a range of genres. CMAT herself is all confidence, bombast, and big swings. Her songs are at once emotional and playful, and she skirts the line between homage and satire with a deftness that never falters. Her command of the tone, both musically and ... read more

Red Pants - When We Were Dancing
70
Red Pants' brief new album is comfortably pleasant but unimpressive

Red Pants’ economical album When We Were Dancing has a microbudget, garage charm to it. Tonally it has a bit of range, opening with the darkest of its songs, the post-punk- and shoegaze-adjacent “Lost Momentum,” then becoming gradually more melodic over the next few tracks. By the time “All Your Pink Stars” plays, the duo is playing full-on indie pop, complete with a “bop-bop” ... read more

Squirrel Flower - Planet
62
Ella Williams follows up her Planet (i) LP with a collection of unpolished leftovers and demos that ratchet down the volume and the production to one-room apartment levels

For the Planet EP, Squirrel Flower (aka Ella Williams) digs up tracks that didn’t make the Planet (i) LP, and a Björk cover, for a collection of unpolished, DIY songs that sounds, intentionally, one assumes, like a demo tape. It’s light guitar, quiet piano, some muted synths, and vocals that sound at times ... read more

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