Leah Brzezinski, contributor
Do you dig experimental psychedelic rock and punk? Lots of noodling around on electric guitars and random saxophone and synth solos? Do you wish you could check out a well-curated sampler of semi-obscure tracks without having to search high and low? If you answered “yeah, I guess” to one or more of the above, then download this album from Chicago-turned-Humboldt-based Captcha Records.
This solid compilation offers a nice variety of styles and genres while remaining cohesive and thoroughly entertaining. “Can’t Stop the Fall” by Has A Shadow evokes new wave Echo and the Bunnymen. Fielded’s “Eve of A New Moon” is Tori-Amos-in-a-good-way, and “What’s Holding You” by Lorelle Meets the Obsolete is like nothing I’ve ever heard before.
Chances are, you’ll pick completely different favorites, but the entirety is well-produced, well-chosen, and extremely listenable. I’m going to burn it for my dad, and that’s a compliment.
Rating: 9 out of 12 cans of PBR!