SMOKE OR FIRE- "When The Battery Dies" LP (Green)
CUDDLEFISH3000/SILVERWIGS- Split LP
ANIMAL LOVER- "Stay Alive" 12"
Animal Lover's Stay Alive is a beautiful post-punk mess of rollicking drums, closed-loop bass lines, and waves of aggressive dirt-pedal guitar. I found myself jolted into strange, nihilistic wonder listening just before midnight on a Monday. Featuring a bleak fend-for-yourself title, the band's fourth release is a caustic, genre-adjacent exploration of a kind of self-created zone of alienation; the album art depicts a person reaching downwards on a reversed doorway, which, to me, formed a pretty eloquent synecdoche for the record's contents. Animal Lover present the kind of weird and angry that form when a sputtering machine comes alive for the first time.