ARTERIES: Self-titled: LP

Potent mix of post-punk and arty noise rock from some folks outta Portland. The guitars and synth are well balanced throughout and the rhythm section keeps the largely mid-tempo beats in the sweet spot between dancey and almost tribal. Throughout, the band keeps their sound stripped to its essential parts, refraining from dropping in a ton of superfluous bullshit—simple, minimal, and packing punch. Nice work. –Jimmy Alvarado (Nadine, nadinerecords.com)