WEAK SIGNAL: Look See: 12” EP

Is this a teaser for their upcoming double LP, or a sequel of sorts to Shimpling, their odds and ends EP from a couple years ago? I suppose what matters is simply that Weak Signal is with us, showing us how to be proper punk mystics. Their move toward something more lush and heady and graceful continues, with “Half a Hit” and, especially, “The Other Side” (a collaboration with the poet Ana Božičević) standing as their most compelling slow burns to date. They also honor Neil Young and the late Cristina, long for a distant home, and offer a two-minute palate cleanse of abstract studio tones. A teaser or sequel, perhaps, but inarguably a gift. –Matt Werts (Weak Signal, weareweaksignal.bandcamp.com)