‘Inside Your Wave’
on Vinyl, $13 (includes CD) at 20sidedrecords.com
For music lovers, vinyl albums make nice gifts because they are so tactile. Ugly Winner’s new album is a bonus because it comes on 180-gram vinyl (which is as good as you can get). None of that would matter, however, if it wasn’t worth listening to. But Inside Your Wave is outstanding and surpasses their previous effort, Minutes, Years, Never, by leaps and bounds. They underplay some of their artier, noisier elements and blend in unexpected moments of anthemic power-pop and post-punk grooves, all while maintaining the core heavy indie-rock sound.
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