RIYL: Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees, B-52’s

Label: Good Cheer Records

First turtlenecked release on wax!

I first learned about the high-octane power pop of turtlenecked (a.k.a. Harrison Smith) through SlyVinyl’s very own Happy Dagger (a.k.a Jesse Roberston). Smith has played in Happy Dagger’s live band and Robertson has mastered turtlenecked releases. They’re buds. Buds making great music in the Portland indie scene, but I digress a bit.

Sonically, turtlenecked takes lots of cues from ’70s punk a la The Clash and Ramones, modernizing it with more intricate guitar work. Add some Talking Heads art-nerdiness and occasional B-52’s silliness to that—ok, I’m dropping some heavy comparison’s here, but give his past few albums a listen and you’ll see what I mean. Smith knows how make a his frenetic sound, brazen guitar, and unabashed vocal dynamics work with sophisticated lyrics and themes.

Note: there may be more than 100 total for the first pressing, but there are only 100 available for online orders according to turtleneck’s Bandcamp.

The Details

Only 100 copies available online for this first pressing. Black vinyl.

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Price $12

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