The mauve/gray-colored vinyl is reminiscent of the gray matter and blood missing from the exposed cranial cavities of the two figures depicted in the cover art. I like that, a lot. Both bands are out of Vancouver, BC. Sightlines blends power pop and pop punk into this weird, anxiety-inducing sound that makes me want to pace the floor like I’m making awkward small talk on the telephone, in a good way. Crystal Swells put out some noisy punk. Bass, drums, and guitar come together like a beast with three backs, only to burst apart thrashing and wailing while subtle vocals weave through the madness. All hell’s broken loose and there is no caging this beast.

 –Jackie Rusted (Self-released, /