SHADOW IN THE CRACKS: Self-titled: LP

Stompy, four-to-the-floor fuzz rock. A little Jay Reatard, a little King Khan and BBQ Show, a whole lot of swamp rock. It grows hypnotizing after a while. The beats dig into your brain and follow a simple melody. Time begins to lose meaning as the songs sprawl onwards. There’s a bit too much echo in the mix for my taste, but, in general, the sounds resonate pretty well against each other. In the end, it’s a minor nitpick, since the album as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Overall, worth a look. –Bryan Static (Goner, goner-records.com)