RACHEL MARIA COX

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Un­tidy Lines (Sad Gr­rrls Club)

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 self­doubt set ablaze via scorch­ing lyri­cal quips and equally driv­ing riffs. Though it’s hard not to feel cheated by the al­bum’s size (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 clash­ing beau­ti­fully with po­tent tinges of in­die and pop. High­lights are plen­ti­ful: Con­stel­la­tion packs a sharp, som­bre 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. Un­tidy Lines is the emo-rock mas­ter­piece Aus­tralia has been clam­our­ing for. M.D.

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