SWEET KNIVES: “Sound on Sound” b/w “Strange Animals”: 7”

Synth-driven post-punk with an industrial edge. “Sound on Sound” lurches between roaring punk instrumentals and sparse, nearly stage-whispered verses. The B-side is more even-tempered, a minimalist dirge built around a simple synth line that gradually starts to swell with fuzzed-out bass. This is the latest evolution of a project from Jay Reatard’s former Lost Sounds bandmates, so fans of his discography are likely to find something recognizable in the reverb-soaked strangeness herein. –Indiana Laub (Red Lounge, redloungerecords.com)