RACHEL MARIA COX
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.