That’s How We Burn (Sub Pop)

Rating: NN

Jaill’s journey to their debut label release took a whopping eight years of basement shows. But it doesn’t show.


Fast, friendly indie pop à la the Shins is fully on display, mixed with an undercurrent of colourless new wave. The hinted-at darkness could’ve improved the disc had it been more deeply explored. Success comes briefly, as on How’s The Grave and the title track, but much of the record is stuck in a good but not great sound from 10 years back.

It’s familiar territory – a bad thing if you’re easily bored. Even top tracks Everybody’s Hip and Baby I, which highlight the Milwaukee crew’s competent guitar work and harmonies, fail to help them break out of their shell.

Top track: Everyone’s Hip

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