Mar 17, 2021

There’s a lot going on in this double album, and much of it is pretty interesting. Some of it, like the crooning and lackadaisical “Casual Disasters,” reminds me of Moneybrother, and other parts—such as the layered psychosis of “Big Big Thing”—sounds a lot like early Butthole Surfers. There’s a grand emphasis on pop through all of it (you’ll find no yowls or brutal hooks here, and most of the songs are four-plus minutes long), but some of it is wildly successful if you’re into that sort of thing. Think, perhaps, of the chiller tracks of Strummer’s run with the Mescaleros, though without Joe’s stridency or lyrical confidence. It’s just a solid pop album full of synth, light guitars, a great voice, and some really interesting arrangements. This is one of those records that I’d never buy on my own but have managed to be consistently surprised by over multiple listens. –Keith Rosson (Almost Ready)