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Bad Bad Hats, Slow Pulp, Miyha

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Slow Pulp.

Slow Pulp.

Minneapolis/Madison four-piece Slow Pulp take a variety of quirky approaches to indie pop from song to another on their second EP, released earlier this year. Slow Pulp offer something just slightly oddball in each track on EP2, successfully challenging the arguably redundant trends of agreeable, summery, lo-fi indie music. Standout track "Die Alone" captures the listener immediately with a lethargic, discordant guitar riff that pummels you with passivity as much as it tramples you with dissonant determination. In a different sense, "Preoccupied" soaks a snappy drum line in dreamy synth pads as Emily Massey's ethereal yet earnest voice trades off with balmy saxophone licks. Slow Pulp open up here for energetic Minneapolis pop outfit Bad Bad Hats, whose 2015 debut Psychic Reader hones in on strong songwriting as much as sharp production. Madison rock outfit Miyha play here as well with lyrics laden in aching honesty, delivered with a shade of sass. —Emili Earhart