★★★★ Highway Hypnosis MERGE. CD/DL/LP
From DC punk to NY hip hop, riot grrl to rave, Washington native Eva Moolchan’s third Sneaks LP has it all.
Playful yet dead serious is what punk and hip-hop are, and what you have to be if you’re angry but you want to preserve your sanity. Sneaks has slinky elastic beats and louche mischievous demands to make Missy Elliott proud on Suck It Like A Whistle; sweetgirl vocals and stoned production on Ecstasy; there’s Altern-8 rave stabs among b-girl pisstaking (“I can olly/I can do a 180”) on The Way It Goes and Fugazi-like bass on Holy Cow Never Saw A Girl Like Her; 55 seconds of saying just that, over and over, with awed delight. On And We’re Off and A Lil Close she’s the dreamy side of Kathleen Hanna singing with Three Imaginary Boys-era The Cure. In short, this album has everything and it works.