Mandy, Indiana’s … EP offers up raw talent and aesthetic acumen

“Bottle Episode” opens with a trashy, lo-fi drum-and-bass part. Valentine Caulfield’s voice, splashed with static, shoves its way into the mix. While Caulfield’s French lyrics will prove elusive for English-only speakers, her urgent tone aptly contributes to a sense of uncertainty only slightly augmented by a rough translation: a dadaistic…

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CRAWLER is IDLES at their most destructive and most intimate

CRAWLER certainly offers that needed change, even from its first moments. Fans have come to expect tremendous gut-punches from IDLES openers, but “MTT 420 RR” abandons the band’s roaring rock machine for a textured, quietly buzzing introduction. It’s dark and dense, dissecting a car crash in gruesome detail. The same…

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