ANDY, or: the Four Horsegirls of the Apocalypse: Vinyl LPLPEL574
Label: Earth Libraries
Release Date: 9th February
This record would be a surefire BNM back in mid-to-late 2000s when a Pitchfork nod meant something. It's hard not to write this and nod towards of Montreal, early Arcade Fire, Girls, Wolf Parade, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sunset Rubdown. Of course it also orbits a sound all of it's own but goodness me, nice to be reminded how exciting indie records sounding like this can be.
Pelvis Wrestley's sophomore LP, ANDY, or: the Four Horsegirls of the Apocalypse, is a fantastical meditation on impermanence through the lens of missing persons, and people we miss - Written in the back-and- forth days of unclear pandemic guidelines, the songs are informed by the diasporas of 2020, where so many people relocated without even the suggestion of a goodbye party
The record is named for a previous Benjamin Violet project, ANDY, which saw its members relocate during lockdown. As Pelvis Wrestley, Violet repurposes the mythology of the titular demigod for a new era.
Following the release of their debut record, "Vortexas Forever", the Austin-based group gained notoriety for their unique blend of Americana, baroque pop and 70s glam, reminiscent of Of Montreal, Sparklehorse and Arcade Fire. They garnered support from Kishi Bashi, The Austin Chronicle, Under The Radar, and was named NPR affiliate KUTX's artist of the month in June 2023.