Crispy Crunchy Nothing: Transparent Orange Vinyl LPLPFTK230IE
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Label: Fire Talk
Release Date: 31st March
I hope this description lands but this record gives me a kind of syrupy-sour-spice-crunch to the ear hole, PACKS voice is hiccupy sweet but raw and those guitars well the 'crispy crunch' of the sound is in the album title. There's a country jangle, a confessional heartbroken, down-and-out take on life in the lyrics but there's an alt-rock grunge and bedroom pop. Really enjoying this record.
For those who dig: Bnny, Bully, Wednesday, Alex G, Angel Olsen, grunge and 90s alt-rock.
Crispy Crunchy Nothing puts to rest any notion Madeline Link had about finding the end
Burnout, dead- end jobs, bike theft, stress dreams, heartbreak. PACKS move forward through them all one line, one lick, one beat at a time, equal parts Alex Gs whimsy and Helvetia's thunderous dynamics. Sticking together songs written in Toronto, Ottawa and Mexico City (while Madeline completed a papier- mâché residency), Crispy Crunchy Nothing revisits the fuzzy alt-rock of 2021 debut Take the Cake and adds some folksy twang to the mix for an album that explores the tension between independence and isolation, between living life to the fullest and feeling like you? re wasting your time. Influenced by country- tinged contemporaries like Renee Reed and Angel Olsen and Madeline? s lockdown- era listening sessions with her dad, of albums by Hank Locklin and Hank Williams. Crispy Crunchy Nothing is heavy, and Madeline makes little effort to hide the depths of her feelings. But after the rain, flowers peek up from the soil. Laughing Till I Cry,a reject from a commercial, recalls fond memories of spending time with her sister: Sometimes, I feel like life is on my side. And Always Be a Kid, jangling and swaying with the Nashville guitar in the foreground, keeps her chasing those smaller Matryoshka dolls, looking for companionship but settling for herself in the meantime. So now, I feel alive, she repeats, over and over again. And by the end, it sounds like she's starting to believe it.