HAPPY NOOSE: Self-titled: LP

This one opened with an intro jam that sounded like a punk take on something that fell off one of Ride’s early EPs, and it was decorated with samples of Bukowski reading “Born into This.” I could have gone for at least half an LP of that, but was stunned at the divergence that followed. After the intro, Happy Noose (like “happy news”?) steers clear of anything like shoegaze territory, save the kinda heady punk outro. Between the bookends are eight tracks of slackerific pop punk, with vocals that at times have a slightly despondent and unaffected charm that fit really well. Definitely one of the best things I’ve gotten for review—of which I didn’t have any prior knowledge—in a while.

 –Vincent (Dead End Social Club)