TROPHY WIFE: All the Sides: CS

If Trophy Wife was complicated in a more reducible way, you could call it post-hardcore or post-rock. However, such a term won’t hold them. Instead of flaunting art school ideas, they’re complicated in a cerebral, nearly spiritual way. Not unlike Lungfish—who were often accused of writing the same song over and over—but, to me, the plodding to driving riffing became metaphorical to life itself. Waxing and waning as Daniel Higgs’s reached into his psyche for meaning, there was a similar yet constant reminder in the music that life would move forward and change. All the Sides moves me in that way—hypnotic and thoughtful, with understated power and resilience. –Craven Rock (Dead Tank)