RADIATOR HOSPITAL: Torch Song: LP

Radiator Hospital write short songs for sensitive people. Nothing ever feels undercooked. In less than two minutes, a single song has sharper hooks than some entire records. Torch Song sounds like The Ergs!, Guided By Voices, and Paul Baribeau had a sad slumber party. It’s all sincere and captivating. The power is in the execution. The mumbled, heartsick vocals embody the clawing voice inside our heads that we spend much of the day trying to bury. Radiator Hospital is unafraid to shed light on complicated feelings (“I just wasn’t bred to sleep alone”) without building a monolith to depression. The record has a cathartic effect. After listening, I’m purged of my emotional muck.

 –Sean Arenas (Salinas, salinasrecords.com)