K-HOLES: Self-titled: LP

Sounds like this would be the perfect soundtrack for a David Lynch film, where everything goes horribly weird and wrong, existing just this side of hell. Think of a microwaved Birthday Party and Scratch Acid, with some garage rock thrown in. Plodding and lurching, pianos for atmosphere, and is that a clarinet I hear? This music doesn’t beat you over the head to get your attention. Instead, it requires a longer attention span and pulls you in with its seductive dark side. Allowing yourself to do so pays off. “Step N Fetch” is nearly poppy, contrasted with the song “Native Tongues” like “Swamp Fire,” which oozes and plods all at once. This is racking up miles on the turntable in these later summer days.

 –M.Avrg (Hozac, hozacrecords.com)