ANTLERED AUNT LORD: Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and On Fire): LP

Mar 29, 2016

The pale cheap shots taken at Robert Pollard, R. Stevie Moore, and R.E.M. in the press release accompanying this record are a turn off but whatever, I get it. You’re trying to sell a record, and in particular you’re trying to sell an undiscovered, underground pop genius in a country already littered with them. I suppose you have to puff your chest out a little. There isn’t a single moment on this record that rivals “Jar of Cardinals” or anything off Phonography, and that’s the cold truth. And the more obvious connection to be made—given Jesse Stinnard’s home base of Athens, Ga.—is to the ‘60s psych inflection and often overly pronounced aesthetic of the Elephant 6 scene. Stinnard is gifted—tracks like “Sigil to Noise” and “Throwback Bikes” are worth hearing more than once—but he’s not surpassing the greats; he’s repeating them. And there’s the attendant queasy feeling that, like those Elephant predecessors, his music sits on a kind of sliding scale and could, intentionally or not, drift into something like the pop bloat of Arcade Fire. 

 –Matt Werts (HHBTM, hhbtm.com)

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