SWAMPLAND: The Stranded West: LP

This is an impressive first record for these Long Beach boys. It ricochets between post-punk, desert serenades, and gothic country, with a Dead Moon cover for good measure. There’s a nice variety of instruments on these songs—including acoustic guitars, synths, piano, and even some slide guitar—which together give the record a lot of strength and dynamics. The vocals are very confident with a Mission UK meets Peter Murphy baritone. Do yourself a favor and pick this record up today. –Ryan Nichols (Self-released, [email protected])