JOLLY KOREA: Throwing Shade: CDEP

Maybe we’ve finally moved away from grunge nostalgia and into a kind of late ‘90s alt-rock minutiae revival? Either that or this EP is from 1996. Angular songs, Albini-esque production, and a nerd dude mumbling and then really, really screaming. I don’t know if these are necessarily songs or just riff compendiums plus vocals. You can feel that they’re working off a really old template and no matter what the results are, they just keep working that template, and part of the effect is that even the wild parts feel hemmed-in and prescribed. Merciless editing could work wonders. Or maybe we need to move into a cultural moment where the ‘90s are off limits entirely. 

 –Matt Werts (Self-released, jolly-korea.bandcamp.com)