Everything in Between
Imagine if Sonic Youth's noisy classic "Teen Age Riot" had been written by actual teenagers — high on hormones, petulant, giddy. That's what you get from this L.A. art-punk duo, whose 2008 breakthrough, Nouns, turned SY's oceanic drone into blurry bubblegum. Their third album is their most conventionally songful. "Glitter" roughs up Toni Basil's "Mickey" beat, and the plaintive, acoustic "Chem Trails" tries its hand at romance. It's a disconsolate vision of love, but also a welcome change of pace.