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Speedy Ortiz - Real Hair EP

 
20 February, 2014
 
 
 

By Jeremiah Koecke

 

 

Music, like fashion, is cyclical. After a decade of bands aping the garage rock and post-punk of the 70s and 80s, college rock of the 1990s is due for a revival of its own. Speedy Ortiz is one of many millennial bands mining the mangled sounds of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. and presenting it to a new generation of slackers and burnouts.

 

In "American Horror", guitarist Sadie Dupuis' laconic vocals float over a sea of fuzzy guitars, later exploding into a powerful chorus, calling to mind both The Pixies and Liz Phair. "Oxygal" is a darker affair, with Polvo-esque guitars and a lurching bassline. Ripe with backwoods imagery, the hook is a haunting plea: "Be in this picture with me." "Everything's Bigger" is the stand-out, with a bouncy rhythm and surreal lyrics. "Shine Theory" is the fine, if not anticlimactic, closer.

 

"Real Hair" is a worthy follow-up to one of the 2013s biggest surprises. The EP format is used wisely here, at just under fourteen minutes, Speedy Ortiz never overstay their welcome. Dupuis is coming into her own as a songwriter and transcending her most obvious (and most lazy) comparisons to Mr. Malkmus.

 

 

 


 

 

QUICK ALBUM FACTS



 

Primary Genre: Rock

 

Secondary Genre: Indie Rock

 

Release Date: 2014

 

Label: Carpark Records

 

Like This and You'll Probably Also Like: Yuck, Pity Sex, Swearin'

 

Album Highlights: "American Horror", "Everything's Bigger"

 

 


 

  

Speedy Ortiz - Tiger Tank

 (FROM PREVIOUS ALBUM MAJOR ARCANA)


 


 

 

 

Speedy Ortiz - American Horror (live)

 

 



 

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