MURDER BY GUITAR: Self-titled: 7”

I’m not sure if Sweden’s Murder By Guitar has ever given England’s Gordan Gano’s Army a listen, but they both seem to share an effortlessness approach to their songs. Not like they wish they were doing something else, but it sounds like they could be doing ten other tasks while they belt ‘em out and no one would be any wiser. Maybe it’s the fact that the songs, musicianship, and recording are top notch or maybe they actually are playing with their tongue and I am none the wiser. Either way, this is some splendid, jangly ‘60s pop rock that has as many hooks and soul-melting guitar leads as you can fit on a three-song 7”.

 –Daryl Gussin (Alien Snatch)