December National Music Reviews

Review: Ovlov – Am

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Ovlov
Am
Exploding In Sound Records
Street: 07.02
Ovlov = Dinosaur Jr. + Japandroids
Dust off your Doc Martins, and add Twin Peaks to your instant queue—the 90s are coming back whether you like it or not. Ovlov’s instrumental simplicity is reminiscent of indie-precursors like Pavement or Mclusky. The vocals have a bit of that post-punk whininess and the lyrics are, for the most part, indiscernible, but they do it well. The opening track “Grapes” has a cameo from Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis, whose softer backing vocals offer a welcome contrast from the harshness, and provide the perfect introduction to the album. The album seems sincere and doesn’t try too hard to be cool. –Cody Hudson
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