dynamic leaps have been carrying us through a fuzzed out cloud of tasteful ambivalence for a while now. Major Arcana
had frontwoman Sadie Dupuis baring her heart and soul, revealing her personal insecurities for the world to judge and perceive. Lucky for her, people liked it.
The four-song EP,Real Hair
is torn open with a driving riff, a characteristic distortion that the band uses oh so stylishly. Speedy Ortiz are masters of a push and pull tide-like aura, distancing themselves from a theme just far enough so they can come back and attack our senses with a distorted soundscape of near-ambiance.
"You say the name of a state when horror's underway / So you might escape back to a place where horror stays away /Still, you might escape," drawls Dupuis on "Everything's Better", a song that deals with escape and refuge from one's own identity by finding one in another person. Her lyrics are personal and perhaps a bit cliche, but Dupuis manages to make those feelings sound way cooler than they actually are. Despite any campiness that exists in their music, Speedy Ortiz makes it work on Real Hair
, not just with interesting rhythms and chord switches but also with a great attitude and spirit.