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How To So­cialise & Make Friends (Poi­son City)

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From Camp Cope to Jack White, through Eat Your Heart Out, Ill Na­tured, Thorn­hill and Tom Lyn­coln. New mu­sic at its best!

Where their self-ti­tled de­but al­bum waded gen­tly through pud­dles of breezy emo and ki­netic in­die-punk, Camp Cope’s throat-grip­ping fol­lowup is in­stantly more po­tent. Ge­or­gia Maq doesn’t just up the ante with her bat­tered chron­i­cles of emo­tional cat­a­clysm—she tack­les them with a blunt and un­spar­ing fe­roc­ity. No­tably more confident now than she was just two years ago, she per­forms more acutely: gui­tar lines hit harder. Mes­sages stick for longer. The min­i­mal­ist ap­proach to Camp Cope’s sonic aes­thetic makes for some truly mem­o­rable pas­sages—on stand­out The Face Of God it’s a stark, beaten strum that drives the knife that is Maq’s con­fronting lyric as deep in as hu­manly pos­si­ble. HTS&MF’s nine tracks are pow­er­ful, com­pelling, and weighty—and, most im­por­tantly, just re­ally fuck­ing good. Matt Do­ria

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