Trophy Wife 7” (Private Leisure Industries)
Buy it here: http://www.privateleisure.org/
It’s not everyday you here a group of girls singing “Somebody jizzed in the light socket” over extremely eerie and very primitative sounding instrumentation. Echo chamber style effects and a funeral pace add to the strangeness of this 4 song EP by Tennessee’s Trophy Wife. The packaging is great with a killer silk-screened cover and while I don’t know the pressing size judging by the group and labels love for DIY I would imagine it is a low number. This is arty anti-pop filled with tambourines, woodwinds, strings, sparse guitar and loads of other tones buried in a haze of strange. If weird is your thing this deeply challenging EP will offer many rewards ending with the unique “In the Water”.  

Trophy Wife 7” (Private Leisure Industries)

Buy it here: http://www.privateleisure.org/

It’s not everyday you here a group of girls singing “Somebody jizzed in the light socket” over extremely eerie and very primitative sounding instrumentation. Echo chamber style effects and a funeral pace add to the strangeness of this 4 song EP by Tennessee’s Trophy Wife. The packaging is great with a killer silk-screened cover and while I don’t know the pressing size judging by the group and labels love for DIY I would imagine it is a low number. This is arty anti-pop filled with tambourines, woodwinds, strings, sparse guitar and loads of other tones buried in a haze of strange. If weird is your thing this deeply challenging EP will offer many rewards ending with the unique “In the Water”.  

Love of Everything-Sooner I Wish(Polyvinyl)2011
pre-order here: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/store/index.php?id=1773
Clocking in at under nine minutes Bobby Burg’s(Joan of Arc) solo project Love of Everything’s Sooner I Wish features short infectious pop songs. The four tracks are somewhat charming basement indie rock with plenty of grungy fuzzed out guitar and repetitive lo-fi drumming. The first two tracks “Three Way Answers” and “Sooner I Wish” work the best on this ep with their catchy broken-hearted love song hooks and sweet innocent delivery. The instrumental “Here Come the Warm Regrets” is the longest track at just over 3 minutes and musically the most interesting however it suffers from the lack of vocals.  Burg is clearly hashing out some things in his music over his recent divorce but most of the ep comes off feeling a bit underdeveloped and forced. The ep is recorded live with only vocal overdubs giving everything a rugged raw tone which works best when paired with the melodic vocals. Overall Sooner I Wish is worthy of a listen and may really grab some people who are into the lo-fi sound. I love the imagery of the cover art and the 7” comes in either white or black vinyl.

Love of Everything-Sooner I Wish(Polyvinyl)2011

pre-order here: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/store/index.php?id=1773

Clocking in at under nine minutes Bobby Burg’s(Joan of Arc) solo project Love of Everything’s Sooner I Wish features short infectious pop songs. The four tracks are somewhat charming basement indie rock with plenty of grungy fuzzed out guitar and repetitive lo-fi drumming. The first two tracks “Three Way Answers” and “Sooner I Wish” work the best on this ep with their catchy broken-hearted love song hooks and sweet innocent delivery. The instrumental “Here Come the Warm Regrets” is the longest track at just over 3 minutes and musically the most interesting however it suffers from the lack of vocals.  Burg is clearly hashing out some things in his music over his recent divorce but most of the ep comes off feeling a bit underdeveloped and forced. The ep is recorded live with only vocal overdubs giving everything a rugged raw tone which works best when paired with the melodic vocals. Overall Sooner I Wish is worthy of a listen and may really grab some people who are into the lo-fi sound. I love the imagery of the cover art and the 7” comes in either white or black vinyl.

Braid-Closer to Closed(Polyvinyl) 2011
order it here: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/store/index.php?id=1838
Admittedly I missed out on Braid the first time around. I decided I better travel back in time to the bands glory years and learn what all the fuss was about before embarking on their new ep. After a few spins of their last album 1998’s “Frame and Canvas” I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for with “Closer to Closed.” Right off the bat it is clear this is not the Braid of ten plus years ago. The new tracks have quote unquote matured into a catchy pop/punk bastardization of their edgier more angular early work. The corners are smoothed out and the bark has come out of the bite. The four tracks on the ep are radio friendly ear-candy with a few too many coats of polish. With all that being said I enjoyed the four tracks and I think fans who have not become jaded with this 90’s scene will enjoy this as well. Ultimately though listeners will return to Braid’s back catalog once the allure of new material wears off. This is a limited edition pressing on white vinyl and the artwork is pretty slick. Get it while you can. 

Braid-Closer to Closed(Polyvinyl) 2011

order it here: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/store/index.php?id=1838

Admittedly I missed out on Braid the first time around. I decided I better travel back in time to the bands glory years and learn what all the fuss was about before embarking on their new ep. After a few spins of their last album 1998’s “Frame and Canvas” I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for with “Closer to Closed.” Right off the bat it is clear this is not the Braid of ten plus years ago. The new tracks have quote unquote matured into a catchy pop/punk bastardization of their edgier more angular early work. The corners are smoothed out and the bark has come out of the bite. The four tracks on the ep are radio friendly ear-candy with a few too many coats of polish. With all that being said I enjoyed the four tracks and I think fans who have not become jaded with this 90’s scene will enjoy this as well. Ultimately though listeners will return to Braid’s back catalog once the allure of new material wears off. This is a limited edition pressing on white vinyl and the artwork is pretty slick. Get it while you can.