HARLEQUIN KID: Self-titled: Cassette

The insert for this release keeps the band’s story shrouded in mystery, other than that they like pictures of really old, beat-to-shit cars. But they actually look like fine young men from Appleton, WI online. This five-song EP starts off with the sludge rock of “Deer Slayer.” Side one ends with “Don’t Help Me Up,” which strikes me as dipping into the Killdozer pool, which I have no problem with at all. “Drown the Sun” blurs the crosshairs between Volcano Suns and Bastro. Promising debut slab, guys. Let’s see where next year’s extended play tape takes us.

 –koepenick (self-released)