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Quinn Marston
"Articulation"

Marston from NYC isn't struggling so much to define her positions here as she's reveling in the indefiniteness young artistry permits, even encourages. The jabberwocky—"Articulation, I'm on probation/Leave me alone," et al.—is there so the scurrying guitar hook and the cleared-throat oh-oh-ohs aren't running around all nekkid. I kinda hope she never susses out what she really wants to tell us.

Sword Heaven
"Driving Through Old Town"

Somehow this Columbus, Ohio, duo have—perhaps inadvertently—come up with the post-modern, post-apocalyptic successor to Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly theme: a twitchy, menacing score perfect for scenes where Jonah Hex types and radioactive mutants face off in blighted, scorched-earth downtowns. URBAN DIS-CI-PLINE!

The Dead C
"Federation"

At this point, Robbie Yeats has earned the right to flagrantly neck with his cymbals as a sputtering blast furnace-cum-chaperone looks on with disapproval and twilight falls in his native New Zealand.

SNMA
"Tape Worship at the No-Fi Nest 2"

That it's possible to distinguish the commercial noise pollution from the knuckle-dragging, anti-music scrawl and heat-lamped samples here is beside the point, which is that in the right quantities, at the proper frequencies, in a compelling sequence, one listener's abject trash is another's abstract tone-prose Spanish Fly. Recommended for Teeth Mountain fans.

Smegma
"World of My Own"

Where some might hear an unconcentrated, fusion-y freak-scene splooge, I hear a generously bearded anti-music overture, preposterous harmonics, sped-up Super Mario Brothers bass lines, the stuff of John Cage-influenced marching bands. Portland, Oregon, represent!

 
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