Rachel Maria Cox releases the emo-rock masterpiece Australia has been clamouring for, and Gary Clark Jr’s second concert album captures the true spirit of live soul and blues, while elsewhere, Belle Haven, Justin Burnasconi, In Hearts Wake and Northlane spin.
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. Untidy Lines 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 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 album, the Cox signature jangly spark is splattered all over it. Highlights are abundant: Constellation packs a sharp sombre punch in its slow-burning six minutes and album closer Stronger Lines is outright goosebump-inducing. Untidy Lines is the emo-rock masterpiece Australia has been clamouring for.