Un­tidy Lines

Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews -

There’s com­fort in cathar­sis: some­times, the best sense of clo­sure is se­cured by tak­ing an emo­tional weight and wring­ing it out over some truly rip­ping gui­tars.

Un­tidyLines is pil­lared on that ethos, misty tales of heartache and self-doubt set ablaze via scorch­ing lyri­cal quips and equally driv­ing riffs. Though it’s hard not to feel cheated by the al­bum’s size (at seven cuts just shy of 30 min­utes, it’s more of an EP), ev­ery song is weighty, dy­namic and shows a wealth of mu­si­cal depth. Cox and their back­ing band cover a wide stretch of sonic ground – punky digs clash beau­ti­fully with po­tent tinges of in­die and pop – and though Cox doesn’t play gui­tar on the record, their sig­na­ture jan­gly spark is splat­tered all over it. High­lights are abun­dant: “Con­stel­la­tion” packs a sharp, somber punch in its slow-burn­ing six min­utes; “No Chill” is a pure bel­ter from start to end, and peak­ing with har­monic verses and a jammy pay­off, al­bum closer “Stronger Lines” is out­right goose­bump-in­duc­ing. In a sen­tence, Un­tidyLines is the emo-rock master­piece Aus­tralia has been clam­our­ing for. MATT DO­RIA

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