Firstly, I’d like to extend my apologies for not notifying you great readers about this release sooner. It came out last week, and it almost slid by without notice from us at Sly – almost. I wrote about one of Speedy Ortiz’s limited releases back in August and it looks like there’s still copies left of it if you’d like to cash in on that. With Pitchfork at the helm, Speedy Ortiz seem to be catching on like wildfire in the publication/blog world with sites such as Stereogum, Alternative Press and Consequence of Sound championing the band and its material. If you haven’t listened to Speedy Ortiz yet, perhaps imagine Jenny Lewis (with a hint less twang) with quite a bit more noise in the instrumentation – basically, a punkier sounding Rilo Kiley. As I said in my other piece about Speedy Ortiz, if you like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. or any other 90s indie rock Speedy Ortiz is probably up your alley. Check out the Spotify stream of Real Hair below and see what you think of it.

One more thing: if you order from Carpark it is on back order, so you won’t see it for two weeks. However, if you absolutely cannot wait that long, you can order from A Number of Small Things as they have copies in stock – naturally, it will be more expensive since they’re based in Germany. Cheers!

If you can’t wait, or you’re in the EU – use this link to buy it:


The Details

On Speedy Ortiz’s Real Hair, the band sets a course between the knotty discord of debut album Major Arcana and the pop bonafides of the preceding Sports EP. Recorded and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies Radiohead), the new EP finds them subtly adding new techniques to their songbook. Guitarists Sadie Dupuis and Matt Robidoux bring on additional guitar effects to color the roundabout feel of “Oxygal,” while bassist Darl Ferm and drummer Mike Falcone hit hard to deliver the jump-in-the-pit urgency of “American Horror”.

From the vocal melodies to the no-nonsense guitar turns, this is Speedy’s catchiest outing yet, drawing inspiration from contemporary Top 40 and R&B radio in addition to their regular arsenal of guitar rock. Dupuis’ lyrics continue to address concerns about identity, representation, and their misalignment, this time from a new angle: “While the last album was kind of a breakup jam, these songs are a lot more introspective—myself dealing with and talking to and making sense of myself,” she says.

With Real Hair, Speedy Ortiz once again taps into the four-part chemistry that brought their prior outings praise. They’re still equal parts noisy and poetic, and now merge those channels more seamlessly than ever.

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