EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FROZE TO DEATH: Some Years: LP

Produced by J. Robbins of Government Issue, Jawbox, and Burning Airlines, this is a comeback album from a band that hasn’t released new music in almost two decades. People who think Sonic Youth is the most brilliant band ever will love this, whereas everyone else will have to give it multiple listens before getting it. I think I get it now. It’s deliberately un-catchy, but the multi-layers of instruments engage the listener in ways that most types of punk aren’t sophisticated enough to. The accomplished musicianship and production team up to make this a record that grows on you after each spin. I’m digging it. –Art Ettinger (Habit Forming, habitformingrecords.com)