Sub Pop’s reign over the soundtrack to the summer continues with their newest release from Jaill, which is another pop-tinted outing. The album radiates a youthfulness that borders on naivety, but the outcome is a charming rather than oafish offering. The guitars shift between the surf-tinged jangle reminiscent of Link Wray to more straight up, staple playing. The swing in the guitars themselves (perhaps an accurate embodiment of the album) represents the changes in tempo, the ups and downs and the highs and lows of the record. The peaks make the album feel like it’s inundated with seamless guitar-pop gems, in which the playing feels fresh and inventive. However, the lows make it feel like it borders on the banal at times, treading water in muddy territory and covering old ground.

By Daniel Dylan Wray

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