LILITH VELKOR: Lone: LP

Sweaty, gritty, and ominous, this is almost-grunge, an album sandwiched somewhere between Sonic Youth and the Meat Puppets. It’s sometimes unnerving, a quality that on some songs leans into becoming just brazenly irritating. I’m strongly reminded of old “alternative” bands like Overwhelming Colorfast and Gumball, but with every ounce of gloss sanded off and plenty of barbs and rivets showing. Like I said, much of it is pretty trying but they do a solid job of channeling a certain damaged kind of pop sensibility, running it through their own sonic rock tumbler, and, at their best, threading their songs with a palpable sense of unease. 

 –keith (Starcleaner)