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Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains: S/T (Album Review)

For my money, Sebastien Grainger has one of the best voices in contemporary rock, hands down. Shrill, desperate and macho all at the same time, it was sorely missed after DFA1979’s disheartening split a few years ago. While it’s been a seemingly non-stop MSTRKRFT (Jesse Keeler’s electro duo) party since, Grainger obviously needed time to figure out where his head was at musically and to find the right players to back him.

He’s done both on this debut, which exhibits a kind of polarity between wanting to blow out amps with powerful melodic hooks and exposing a personal side he’d previously guarded. When these two dimensions come together, as on the stunningly awesome American Names or Who Do We Care For?, it all but erases the anguished waiting for him to finally come back around.
(Review by: Jason Keiler)