BEC STEVENS

Why Don’t You Just (Hob­blede­hoy)

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The sec­ond EP from Mel­bourne in­die-rock trail­blazer Bec Stevens is de­cid­edly raw—twangy, spa­cious strum­ming, pa­pery drums and war­bling strings build sparse and smoky sound­scapes for Stevens to howl over, which she does with wild might. She makes 26 min­utes feel like five, and cap­tures the essence of her goose­bump-in­duc­ing live show with such daz­zling ve­rac­ity that if we crank our head­phones loud enough and squint reeeeeally hard, we can al­most see our­selves there. Com­par­isons to acts such as Camp Cope and Beach Bunny are fair, but there’s a tonal ec­cen­tric­ity to Why Don’t You Just that is en­tirely Stevens’ own. It’s a strik­ingly sen­si­tive, peak-and-val­ley charisma that we sim­ply can’t get enough. Matt Do­ria

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