Stranger Things

The dream of the 90s has always been alive in England’s Yuck, and new album Stranger Things is no exception. That’s not a slight their homages to the best of the plaid decade’s guitar rock are often inspired, and Yuck seem less like imposters than a time-travelling band blasted to the future from their real home. Stranger Things deftly runs through musical trends once popular, then killed off and now in vogue again, like shoegaze and noodly Britpop.

Aside from flailing a bit at the end, the London group’s third full-length hits its mark. Cannonball is an irresistibly giddy, raucous pseudo-punk joyride, and I’m Ok sways back and forth romantically until it stalls just before crashing into a blitz of distorted guitar. Bassist Mariko Doi steps to the mic for the hazy As I Walk Away, while Hearts In Motion follows with a woozy Doug Martschesque riff that makes it the most engaging track. Swirling and Down are both a bit of a slog, but Yuck end strong with Yr Face, a hypnotic mess of classic shoegaze.

Top track: As I Walk Away

Yuck play the Silver Dollar on April 9. See listing.

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