American Wrestlers
Fat Possum
Street: 04.27
American Wrestlers = Phoenix x Crushed Beaks + Sunbeam Sound Machine
The formula for this album is simple: light, fluffy vocals over dirty guitars tinged with heavy-hitting piano. The result is an aurally pleasing album that seamlessly blends the scuzz of surf rock with the poise of well-produced vocals. The only critique is, while the music is good, the record’s influences are obvious and it ends up treading dangerously close into copycat territory. This album basically sounds like what would happen if Thomas Mars grew up listening to garage rock in California instead of Parisian electronica. You decide if that’s a good or bad thing. –Allison Shephard