SONGS FOR SNAKES: Forced Pleasantries: LP

Hazy, melodic rock that almost feels like a Bob Mould project (a little bit of Sugar energy), or Jets To Brazil. Some crunch, some dreaminess. “Her Descent” gives you a chance to pump your fist. “If Only” gives you a chance to zone out. “Symphonic Deterrent” gives you a chance to do both. It’s a ’90s atmosphere, but somehow not a nostalgia trip. I’ll take it. –Matt Werts (Timid Crusher, songsforsnakes.bandcamp.com)