It's the haunting, mercilessly catchy nature of the slurring vocals on every track, from the opener "Brain of Candy" to the retro punk of "Jack," that elevate these loose, teetering songs and wedge them into your subconscious. They suggest maturity beyond the young age of the vocalists, and they sport endearingly perplexing lyrics like "Why should I go living if I can't go swimming?" on "Otitis."
"Silver Gold" is addictively dissonant and brings fellow Captured Tracks artist Naomi Punk to mind before breaking into wild banshee screeches. "Squirrel" is more upbeat and urgent, as are "Marshall" (which has an early Modest Mouse feel) and "Misery Factory."
There's no denying the highly enjoyable nature of their raw, emotive debut; that they're so young only means there's potential for even better things to come. (Captured Tracks)