GIANT PEACH: Tarantula: LP

This is a bit like if J Mascis also played guitar for The Breeders but Kim Deal still sang. It’s fuzzy, buzzed-out, ‘90s-style melodic punk that teeters on the indie rock distinction. Not really what I was expecting (here’s a tip: if you don’t know the band, it never is what you expect), but in a very positive way. Shoegaze/garage/dream pop stuff ends up finding me. It’s not that I don’t like it—The Jesus And Mary Chain is one of my favorite bands of all time. But I’m continuously weary that it’s going to be too synth-heavy or pretentious art rock. There’s always a risk involved with that cross section of genres, so I just stick to listening to Psychocandy more. Giant Peach found the right balance. It’s bright, pretty, and dazing. Like if Lisa Frank’s art had a soundtrack. 

 –Kayla Greet (Shitty Present, theshittypresent.storenvy.com / Don Giovanni, dongiovanni.com)