Author: Christian Shultz

Expert Alterations

Expert AlterationsExpert Alterations
Self-Titled

Slumberland Records
Street: 06.02
Expert Alterations = The Close Lobsters x The Wedding Present x The June Brides x The Clean

Expert Alterations’ smashing 2014 self-released cassette is gettin’ spun on a one-sided 12” vinyl record inside a blue n’ white sleeve reminiscent of a Field Mice 7”, courtesy of indiepop hitmaker Slumberland. Adhering to the cult of good song, these Baltimore guitar popsters write ’em like archers shoot arrows—direct and to the heart of it. With such precision, the trio whip up thumpin’ bass, chiming guitar jangle, deadpan vocals and nervous drumming into five terrific tunes. Whether a primer for that first foray into C86 land or another badge for your collection, check this one out. –Christian Schultz

Greg Boring
Heavy Syrup
Critical Heights
Street: 03.05
Greg Boring = Dirty Beaches + R. Stevie Moore
Greg Boring are from Brisbane, Australia, and they make improvisational analog synth psychedelia. Heavy Syrup, the group’s debut LP, was an interesting listen, and even more interesting in its compositional techniques. In its recording process, the album’s songs were outlined but improvised. Players showed up occasionally, instruments changed hands, nothing seemed to be certain. Maybe it’s been done before, but still worth trying. In live videos I’ve seen of them, Greg Boring seem to be channeling the ethos of The Velvets or a drowsy Stereolab. In interviews, they seem apathetic about the distinction between pop and underground music. These songs are improvisational to a point, but created with serious ambition and musicianship. The whole record runs barely over 30 minutes, so if you’re into experimental, lo-fi psych electronics, give Heavy Syrup your time. –Christian Schultz

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