Bristol’s Neurotic Fiction write wistful power pop with a healthy dose of post-punk jitters. At times, they’re twitchy and upbeat like early Blondie and The Nerves (“Social Animal” and “Mediator”) but B Side opener “Bell Curve” shows off a moodier, more contemplative side: “To shake hands with the edge of the world / An unwise choice, an uttered word.” Their surfy guitar riffs support the confident, dreamy vocal melodies. Holding everything together is the precise, minimalist drumming and pulsing basslines. Although only ten songs, Neurotic Fiction’s debut LP is refreshingly succinct. It never meanders and remains laser-focused throughout. Highly recommended. –Sean Arenas (Specialist Subject,, [email protected])