J. GRAVES: Marathon: LP

Wow! A tremendous debut from this Portland, Ore. trio. J. Graves plays a full slab of songs evocative of mid-’90s Touch & Go/AmRep stuff, with heavy thud providing a foundation for singer/guitarist Jessa’s skittering guitar lines. Everything here is fully formed and immediate, with occasionally harrowing lyrics and vocal delivery reminiscent of PJ Harvey’s early stuff. It’s great to hear such a new band present such a compelling, unified statement of intent and vision. Thumbs way up. –Michael T. Fournier (Jgraves.xyz)