SONOMAX: Self-titled: CS

Sonomax has some things going for them on this cassette, mixing some ’80s jangle-pop elements with more modern post punk moments. While I was hoping upon putting this on that it was going in a more C86 direction, it doesn’t really cross the finish line sounding like that despite the vocals giving me Shop Assistants feels every now and then. It’s pleasant yet somewhat unmemorable in that it seemingly paints by the numbers, and that’s perfectly okay. Nice release. –Mark Twistworthy (sonomax.bandcamp.com)