PATSY’S RATS: Singles: LP

Sublime power pop from this Portland two-piece featuring the singer from Razorcake faves Mean Jeans and Patsy Gelb (daughter of desert country singer Howe Gelb). This LP is a singles collection but plays just fine as a long player—not a stinker in the bunch—lazy, shimmering power pop sounding like a stoned Fastbacks or some shit. These are the vibes that all the norm kids wish they had but are too stupid to find. I can see this pair getting “big,” but for now they are ours and we should hold them close. The jam is “Is It Alright,” which is tucked away in the middle of the flipside. This disc has been sitting on my record player since it arrived and I can’t see it leaving anytime soon. –Tim Brooks (Bachelor)