Jon McKiel's sunny and fuzzy six-song EP kicks off impetuously - as if the East Coaster were already in mid-song - on opener New Tracy and comes to an abrupt halt 16 minutes later with a sudden, humorous clang at the end of Chop Through.
Altogether, it's a brief blast of rock 'n' roll performed by just two guys, McKiel and producer/improviser Jay Crocker. But to their credit, it sounds more like a live band than studio fiddling.
Short and unpretentious, the songs are packed with shifts in time signatures and evocative yet down-to-earth lyrics. I Know, I Know is psychedelic, while a rain of angular guitar leads off skronky Twin Speaks, which ends with a very un-East Coast traffic jam of drums and guitars.
Poppy and punky Accolades has us eager to find out what these tunes will sound like live on a lawn.
Top track: Accolades
John McKiel plays the Silver Dollar June 14.