SEXUAL JEREMY / COQ: Sex Tape: CS

This split tape takes me back to the early 2000s weirdo post-punk scene, almost in a Troubleman Unlimited way. Sexual Jeremy go way too hard into atonal proggy free punk, though in the current musical climate, where everything needs to be chill and recognizable, that approach feels slightly liberating. COQ are the real winners. They turn lo-fi no wave impulses into hits, and even make “Day Tripper,” seemingly played from vague memory in one take, sound deeply radical. –Matt Werts (Crass Lips, crasslipsrecords.org)