SHANTIH SHANTIH: Winter in September: LP

The shuffling drums and darkly twangy guitars make it hard not to think of the Southern Gothic streak that cuts through Alternative Tentacles; Anna Barratin’s ghostly vocals really call Tarantella to mind. There’s a generous dash of garage rock that adds some rawness and crunch to the twang, complete with the occasional backing “ooh la la”s. The whole album has the feeling of a grim, fantastical folk tale—maybe having to do with the gorgeous cover art, which features a strange encounter between a tiny knight and a gargantuan snail. –Indiana Laub (Wild Honey, wildhoneyrecords.bandcamp.com / Dusty Medical, [email protected], dustymedical.com)