PRETTY FLOWERS, THE: My Alchemist: 7”

The first seconds of the title track lay it all out there: this is some jangly, post-punky, lighthearted indie rock, the kind of thing you might start calling a summer jam but end up keeping in rotation through the colder, duller seasons. This lands somewhere between Grandaddy and The Thermals, with a little more shimmery guitar. Noah Green’s vocals are clear and clean in front of everything. That kind of production doesn’t always work, but Green has just the right kind of voice for it, open and earnest and artless. The record concludes with a pleasantly laid-back cover of J Church’s “Panama,” something you may not have known you wanted but can almost certainly find a place for in your heart. Just three quick songs, but a pretty promising debut. My Alchemist does what indie rock should—it’s thoughtful, it’s punchy, it’s poppy, and then it’s over. 

 –Indiana Laub (Clear As Mud)