Three EPs in and experimental noise-rockers Thank You have finally decided to make a full album. Hurrah! It only took four years! But don’t expect the grunts and moans of ‘Pathetic Magic’ and previous works, because now words can be heard in the echoing, melancholic vocals, if not quite understood, and Thank You’s tracks have begun to resemble something akin to ‘proper’ song with structure. The Baltimore trio have created the kind of work that the likes of Yeasayer and Marnie Stern are producing at the moment, with polyrhythmic beats and erratic guitar/synth riffs, as on ‘Strange All’ and ‘Birth Reunion’ especially. Opener ‘1-2-3 Bad’ really shines a light on pop-hooks with a teeth-grindingly high riff that sticks in your head as it skips over the head-nodding drums and smooth, hum-worthy harmonies. It’s an exciting, full-of-energy debut.

By Danielle Goldstein

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