GIANT EAGLES: Second Landing: LP

As the title suggests, this is the sophomore album from Giant Eagles, a supergroup from Holland. Consisting of members of several longstanding Dutch pop punk outfits, Giant Eagles play decidedly dark pop songs that use counterpoint to contrast happy melodies with extreme sadness and isolation. Lovably grim, these songs are catchy, but not obnoxiously so, resulting in many of the tracks having an almost Arrivals-like schema. Preferably album number three doesn’t take another six years, as these guys are on a roll. –Art Ettinger (Mom’s Basement, momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com)