The Cougs play grainy, down-picked indie garage pop. Vocalist, Andrew Virga, reminds me of Andrew Savage’s less nasally efforts in Teenage Cool Kids—that’s a good thing. Virga is capable of vocalizing a lot of interesting melodies, but the songs nod off into tedium around the minute mark. There isn’t much to musically sink your teeth in here, as it’s just average slacker pop. The album design by Marsupial is eye-catching and abstract.
–Sean Arenas (Bakery Outlet, [email protected], bakeryoutletrecords.com)