RIYL: Au Pairs, Bush Tetras, Essential Logic, Lizzy Mercier Descloux

Label: Merge Records

Eva Moolchan’s sound was immediate as soon as she dropped her self-titled debut in 2014.  A master of minimal post-punk, her project knows as Sneaks consisted of her brooding bass licks, a drum machine and her ‘half coo-half snarl’ vocal delivery.  The tracks were rarely over a minute and a half, but that proved to be plenty of time to leave every dance floor a sweaty mess.  In 2017, Sneaks signed to Merge Records and broke into a more mainstream audience with It’s a Myth and leadout single Look Like That, a spacious kraut-synth head-nodder pulsating with refurbished post-punk cool.  One of my favorite songs of the year for sure.

Following up quickly after It’s A Myth is Highway Hypnosis, a complete 180 from her previous minimal lofi style.  Moolchan has shed some of her post-punk influences for a more hip hop-influenced aesthetic.  Studio production has also been kicked up a significant notch or four, choosing multi-layered vocal treatments, drifting piano accompaniment and otherworldly ambient textures.  It’s a very bold move for an artist who has just begun to grow her fanbase, but I foresee it working for her.  Super cool move.  I’m gonna miss the post punk era, but excited to hear the rest of this new beginning.

Limited neon green vinyl awaits you after the ‘buy’ link.  Check out two of the tracks below.

The Details

Pressed on limited-edition translucent neon green vinyl.

Includes digital pre-order of Highway Hypnosis. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
digital album releases January 25, 2019
item ships out on or around January 24, 2019

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Price $19.98

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