PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES: Elan Vital: CD

Simply put, this album is fucking incredible. Soaring, scorching, female vocals over layers of aggressive, intricate guitars and keyboards. These songs are experimental enough to fascinate, and yet there are also pop hooks so catchy I felt like I’d been hearing them for years. The vocals are truly the high point of the album as they waver between celebration and desperation. Rather than making an album where everything sounds the same, PGMG have created one where each song is distinctive and enthralling. This album avoids being derivative but it isn’t so bizarre as to be alienating either. I recommend listening to it on large headphones while you wander city streets and watch the seasons change.

 –jennifer (Matador)