19 May 2010

The Flukes 'Nocturnal Emissions'

devillain, in th' alive:

The home-recorded set sounds tossed off — not as if its makers slacked off, but rather like they didn't think too hard. The blend of lo-fi scrappiness and a slight punk sneer calls to mind Superchunk's nervous tension and Built to Spill's early work, when Doug Martsch sang with doe-eyed sincerity and a trace of menace.

Nocturnal Emissions isn't some breathtaking masterpiece, but it gets deeper under your skin with each listen. New favorites emerge with each spin — the full-throttle pop-punk of "Kamikaze," the brooding build of "Heat Lightning," the melancholy waltz of "Twilight Rendezvous."



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