PERFUME-V: Bless, Bless, Bless, Bless: CS

The opening track signals that this is gonna get weird: a lo-fi bedroom pop refrain suddenly bursts into a blast of violent noise halfway through, only to flip back thirty seconds later and finish the last few phrases as if nothing happened. The rest of the tape spends a lot of time in the territories of Ovens-esque offbeat pop punk (dueling guitar solos included) and understated, ironic indie rock à la Guided By Voices. Vocals are delivered in a deadpan off-key drawl; the tonelessness is a little jarring to me, at least when paired with music as tight and catchy as this, but someone more into Pavement than I am would almost certainly be pumped on this. –Indiana Laub (Reflective Tapes, [email protected], reflectivetapes.storenvy.com)