MERCHANDISE: Children of Desire: LP

This record plays as if it were written, recorded, and developed strictly for the mid-’80s: back when popular music was actually good. It should go without saying, but mainstream modern pop is just plain awful. Not one single artist or band is doing anything worth a shit. Actual talent seems to have skipped several eras (Auto tune? Whatever happened to singing because you can?). Leave it to two Floridian twenty-somethings to fuse the aesthetic of minimalist post punk and new wave with the emotional crooning of Morrissey to remind us of a time when this sort of music was vibrant and innovative. Talent can’t be bought. It isn’t something you sign up for. Merchandise are absolute geniuses and make songwriting seem easy.

 –Juan Espinosa (Katorga Works,