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Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana'

Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana'
Courtesy Carpark Records

Northampton, Massachusetts, indie-rockers Speedy Ortiz nail the tangled post-Pavement guitar poetry of the early Nineties. Their debut is all sharp left turns: Punky exuberance gives way to ballads, big choruses unravel into melodies that curl away like smoke. Sadie Dupuis sounds as deadpan when she's kidding as when confessing her pain, one minute mourning being dumped, the next delivering lines like "And I'm gettin' my dick sucked/On the regular."

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