- Released: 2020
- Origin: New York City, USA
- Label: Wharf Cat
- Best Track: Moon
I’ve been meaning to listen to this debut for a while, and finally gave it a play this week.
It’s a unusual album. Opening track ‘Moon’ is superbly murky and atmospheric, but it turns out to something of a false dawn, with what follows being a lot more pop-oriented. Make no mistake, this is definitely post-punk, but with elements of new wave that give certain tracks a definite dancy vibe – most notably ‘Disposable’ and ‘My Head’ – helped by Sam York’s tuneful vocals.
In other parts, it’s reassuringly claustrophic and downbeat, with ‘Compromised’ being a highlight, and ‘Understanding’ capturing the dryness and minimalism of Wire.
Credit to Public Practice for taking a few risks on this debut. As post-punk goes, it’s pretty ambitious, and the album is definitely a grower – in fact I don’t think it’s finished growing on me.