Seán Ryan runs the rule over Foil Deer, the brand new Speedy Ortiz release.
Speedy Ortiz’s second record proper, Foil Deer shows notable growth from 2013’s Major Arcana in its cohesion and clarity of purpose. Good Neck sets the scene with a more focused variation on the recurring theme of gnarled riffs to be found on the aforementioned Carpark Records debut of two years ago, before Raising The Skate brings the LP clattering into life, stuttering drums wrapped around Sadie Dupuis’s assertive lead vocal.
At once intricately arranged, complex yet direct, Speedy Ortiz play Whelan’s in October (Saturday, 17th) and based off this impressive effort, it is a show not to be missed.
While evidently referencing certain key 90’s alt rock acts, Dupuis and co have progressed to casting their own individual style through this prism. The Graduates is an utterly classic sounding guitar pop song, based around a classic lyrical styling where she’s the best at being second place:
“Now I’m just the runner up/ At being the second one you think of every day/ Before you go back to one.”
This is an earworm that stays with you long after the record comes to a close. The swagger of Puffer belies the apparent mirth with which Dupuis’ band mates greeted the original idea, a hip hop infused growler of a track that emphasises their capacity to vary their output whilst remaining true to their core style and attitude.
A surfeit of ideas, both musical and lyrical are meshed together in an impossibly coherent manner, as the composition of the record over the course of a month Dupuis spent at her mother’s in Connecticut last summer bears very audible fruit. At once intricately arranged, complex yet direct, Speedy Ortiz play Whelan’s in October (Saturday, 17th) and based off this impressive effort, it is a show not to be missed.
Foil Deer is available now from all good record shops.