How To Socialise & Make Friends (Poison City)
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