Speedy Ortiz return with sophomore LP ‘Foil Deer’ and once again we’re given the opportunity to dip our toe back into the mid-90’s pond to experience indie-rock with clever lyrics, wonderful hooks and glorious attitude.
The follow up to 2013’s debut ‘Major Arcana’ is certainly progress from the Massachusetts 4-piece. The song writing is stronger throughout and there are more of those poppier moments that we were teased with on the debut.
This album wasn’t about releasing a like-for-like, a copy of their debut. This is progress on every level but while still being able to hold onto the musical sound, the identity, that makes their music so easy to spot in an indie-rock line-up.
So, let’s start at the beginning. First of all this LP is a lyrical masterclass. Sadie Dupuis constructs verse that shocks but is never confrontational. She has an incredible ability to produce quirky stand-out statements that leave the listener chuckling under their breath. It’s modern day poetry. For example…
“I was the best at being second-best”
“Watch your back because baby I’m so good with a blade”
“A brain like a sphinx, but nails like a prom queen”
“How many laps does it take to work out you’re back at the start”
Next, there are those wonderful in-tune and then slightly out of tune guitars that are the bands trademark. Here they continue to produce melodies behind the feedback which incredibly combine perfectly with the vocals. Everything just seems to come together in a way that it just fell short of on the debut.
Finally, the songwriting is immense. ‘Raising the Skate’, ‘The Graduates’ and ‘Homonovus’ impress but it’s the brooding ‘My Dead Girl’ that steals this show. It’s dark but melodic overtones leave the other tracks in its wake.
‘Foil Deer’ will certainly bring the band to the attention of a wider audience. This twelve track oozes glorious indie-rock that deserves the critical acclaim it’s receiving from the music press and fans alike.
‘Foil Deer’ is out now, via Carpark.
The full track-listing for ‘Foil Deer’ is as follows…
‘Raising the Skate’
‘My Dead Girl’
You can see ‘Speedy Ortiz’ at one of the following venues…