LAYMAN: Blue Mind: CS

The ‘90s slacker vibes start coming at you right from the cover: an inviting-looking swimming pool, rich with soft, diffused teal—just looking at it kind of gives me a hypnotic, slowed-down feeling. Whooa. The music is more than fitting, a lazy wash of breathy, Cranberries-esque vocals and heavy, low-end guitar fuzz. The bass is clear and melodic throughout, which lends that extra alt throwback authenticity. More structured and poppy than Sonic Youth, but it’s impossible not to make the comparison. This tape is just what it looks like, a glimpse of a sun-kissed, maybe-not-quite-real Southern California nostalgia.

 –Indiana Laub (Paradise, [email protected], paradiserecords.bigcartel.com)