Shit Giver - Meaningless /​ Transition

Shit Giver - Meaningless / Transition

Shit Giver's 2017 debut album left quite an impres­sion on me with its ambi­tious and ver­sa­tile vision of post punk, burs­t­ing with excentric ideas and unpre­dic­ta­ble song struc­tures. The L.A. group's first new music in almost three years doesn't fail to amaze and sur­prise once again. It's their melo­dic song­wri­ting abi­li­ties that come into sharp focus here, taking shape as an irre­sis­ti­ble mix of post punk, power- and goth pop, deve­lo­ping a catchy­ness i wasn't pre­pa­red for. Mea­ningless igni­tes some unex­pec­tedly strai­ght­for­ward pop fire­works, com­plete with a bor­der­line-cheesy sax solo, the kind of which a les­ser song wouldn't sur­vive, but in this case i can't help but per­cieve it as a well-deser­ved cli­max. Tran­si­tion seam­lessly con­ti­nues their new­found love for gloomy pop, but also pro­ves that Shit Giver haven't lost their taste for ela­bo­rate struc­tures, eit­her.

Champion Lawnmower - Champion Lawnmower

Champion Lawnmower - Champion Lawnmower

This Van­cou­ver outfit's second tape is such a mas­sive load of fun. Their play­ful style of post punk balan­ces with ease bet­ween its rough edged tex­tures and highly dan­ce­able groo­ves, which puts their sound right in the middle bet­ween the excentric punk rock of acts like Nega­tive Scan­ner or Twisted on one hand, the infec­tious rhythms of Slumb Party or Rapid Tan on the other.

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Sallow Pillow - Wince Meat

Sallow Pillow - Wince Meat

This excel­lent Debut EP by Liverpool's Sal­low Pil­low easily wins me over with its fla­vor of strai­ght and effec­tive, slightly surf-infu­sed garage punk right in the vein of Black Lips, early Ty Segall or Debate Club. You can also sense a con­sis­tent Gun Club vibe as well as a cer­tain post punk edge simi­lar to Luxury or scan­di­na­vian acts like Holo­grams and RA. And to make things com­plete, when they roll out some ame­ri­cana influ­en­ces like in Wear Out The Rope i can't help but feel posi­tively remin­ded of Vaguess.

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Luggage - Shift

Luggage - Shift

With their third Album, Chicago's Lug­gage deli­ver a seam­less con­ti­nua­tion of the qua­li­ties estab­lished on their 2017 effort Three, even dou­ble down on those. Fit­tin­gly and unmistaka­bly recor­ded at Elec­tri­cal Audio, a brittle, often craw­ling sound in the rough area of Noise- and Math Rock, Post- and Slow­core allows its­elf ample time to unfold and sounds a lot like their home­town in the late 80s to 90s. Or, at dif­fe­rent points, like a more strai­ght­for­ward Shel­lac, slow motion Tar, much lou­der Slint or an even more bleak vari­ant of Code­ine.

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Mini Skirt - Pretty

ナルコレプシン (Narukorepusinn) - Yasi

Sunflowers - Dreamweaver

End­less Voyage, out Febru­ary 7th via Sto­len Body Records.

Clamm - Liar

Beseech Me, out Janu­ary 24th.