STROPPIES, THE: “Maddest Moments” b/w “Architectural Charades”: 7”

The Stroppies are naturals when it comes to slightly warped jangle and low-key but noticeable pop. The two songs on “Maddest Moments” are subdued but very much alive. They explore anxiety in a kind of “Kotton Krown” mode on the title track, and then ponder (and celebrate?) ugly architecture on the B-side. They glide so effortlessly and layer so well, it’s easy to miss how complex and deliberate and full of personality the songs really are. Feels slightly weird to be so amped on such a mellow band, but here I am dancing to these songs that feel like shrugs. –Matt Werts (Tough Love, toughloverecords.com)