VLASTA POPIĆ: Kvadrat: LP/CD

With repetitive bass lines, scratchy guitar, and syncopated drumming, there are enough nods in the direction of Shellac and Fugazi to justify the inclusion of those two bands on any promo sheet for this Croatian band. The combined female/male vocals, however, allows Vlasta Popić to make its own mark rather than be considered as some kind of carbon copy of those musical powerhouses. There are curve balls in the form of “Slijepa naša (mržnja),” an explosive burst of melodic punk, and “Maštanje,” a more measured and straightforward track both catching me unawares but equally not seeming out of place.

 –Rich Cocksedge (Moonlee, [email protected], moonleerecords.com)