SOFT SHOULDER: Songs & Intermissions: LP

Vacillating between pure noise and sweet, crunchy grooves, Soft Shoulder at once shocks and stimulates. In its ecstatic no wave freakouts, Songs & Intermissions is at times abrasive and nearly unlistenable. But trudge through the dense jungle of fuzz and sound long enough and you’ll be rewarded with jagged, interesting and—dare I say, beautiful?— post-punk bangers. Fans of Can and The Fall take note. –Simone Carter (Gilgongo, [email protected], gilgongorecords.com)