J MAS­CIS

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - PHIL MONGREDIEN

ELAS­TIC DAYS SUB POP, OUT 9 NOVEM­BER Di­nosaur Jr front­man ex­plores his qui­eter side again.

There’s long been a clear de­lin­eation be­tween J Mas­cis’s work with Di­nosaur Jr and his solo out­put. While the for­mer’s melodies are nor­mally hid­den be­neath ear-split­ting noise, his work un­der his own name has been char­ac­terised by gen­tle acous­tic strum­ming, aug­mented by no­tably more con­cise gui­tar so­los. His third al­bum for Sub Pop is a case in point, the likes of I Went Dust and Cut Stranger as pretty as they are stream­lined. He can take his more laid-back ap­proach too far, how­ever, sound­ing as if he might be about to nod off dur­ing Web So Dense. Yet the mo­ments of gen­uine love­li­ness more than com­pen­sate for the oc­ca­sional bouts of nar­colepsy.

Lis­ten To: Some­times | Drop Me | I Went Dust

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