PRISONER: Sounds of the Idiot: CS

Brandon from Dude Jams playing competent bedroom pop. This release stands out from his previous fare and it shows you a few tricks in its bag immediately. You can’t help but notice the use of piano and minor Americana and country trappings throughout the record. Overall, it’s pretty good, but a few tracks could have used a little more time in the oven. Some songs devolve into sloppy pop noise barrages, with a few too many guitars working melodies in. If you’re looking for something that kind of sounds like a folkier Off With Their Heads, this ain’t a bad option. –Gwen Static (Self-released, prisonertexas.bandcamp.com)