RIYL: Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees, B-52â€™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 SlyVinylâ€™s very own Happy DaggerÂ (a.k.a Jesse Roberston). Smith has played in Happy Daggerâ€™s live band and Robertson has mastered turtlenecked releases. Theyâ€™re buds. Buds making great music in the PortlandÂ indie scene, but I digress a bit.
Sonically, turtlenecked takes lots of cues fromÂ â€™70s punkÂ a la The Clash and Ramones, modernizing it with more intricate guitar work. AddÂ some Talking Heads art-nerdiness andÂ occasionalÂ B-52â€™s silliness to thatâ€”ok, Iâ€™m dropping some heavy comparisonâ€™s here, but give his past few albumsÂ a listen and youâ€™ll see what I mean.Â Smith knows how make a hisÂ frenetic sound, brazen guitar, and unabashed vocal dynamics work with sophisticated lyrics andÂ themes.
Note: there may be more than 100 total for the first pressing, but there are only 100 available for online orders according to turtleneckâ€™s Bandcamp.
Only 100 copies available online for this first pressing. Black vinyl.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive