ALPHA HOPPER: Self-titled: LP

This is a cool mix of no-wave and mathy noise rock that takes plenty of cues from Jesus Lizard while, amazingly, manages to sound absolutely nothing like Jesus Lizard. It’s all in the riffs, as they say. It took me a few songs to really “get” the unconventional vocal delivery style, but the payoff is huge as I’m now convinced that the vocals are what really set this apart from everything else. Good stuff. –Mark Twistworthy (Swimming Faith, swimmingfaithrecords.com, [email protected])