Five Songs, 9/27/2020
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Five Songs, 9/27/2020

Tilt, "Partial Birth"

Tilt started their career recording for Lookout Records and then moved to Fat Wreck Chords, which is going to create a picture for you if you know these labels. And that picture is completely correct with one minor detail - the woman singing, Cinder Block, is considerably different from the typical sneering dude. Other than that, this is straight ahead California punk.

Belle and Sebastian, "Slow Graffiti"

I've sung the praises of Belle & Sebastian's early EPs here before, I'm pretty sure, but I'm going to do it again. Between the release of the standard-setting If You're Feeling Sinister and the below-standard Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant, the band released five EPs with new material, and they range from excellent to fantastic. Among that set, This Is Just A Modern Rock Song might be the best of them. This is the last song on the record, and is just a sweet little tune.

Krallice, "Over Spirit"

From a Belle & Sebastian b-side to Krallice: it's the authentic Five Songs experience! Krallice's 2015 album, Ygg Huur, might be the best on-ramp to Krallice's music. It's not a particularly long album, making it a little easire to sit with it and absorb the complexity. And it's music that rewards that time, as it's densely layered (as, uh, you can hear) and there's a lot to discover. Krallice has continued to just keep releasing music and has continued to be awesome, and they're my favorite metal band right now.

Centuries, "Wooden Hands"

It's not clear exactly that this is going to turn into when this track gets rolling. But this kind of slow, picked guitar thing is almost always the intro to something loud. And sure enough! Centuries is basically a hardcore band, but there's enough texture here to keep it interesting, as pure hardcore can be a little exhausting at times.

Screeching Weasel, "99"

And we're back, full circle! Well, except Screeching Weasel are from Chicago. Whatever, they recorded multiple albums for Lookout and Fat Wreck Chords.

Joshua Buergel
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