With nine songs in 26 minutes, you’d expect Woollen Kits’ long-awaited album to toss out digestible bites of garage pop. But it doesn’t exactly, instead latching onto ropey instrumental passages that are just as endearing as the pop elements. Said passages are still scrappy, but they add a droning tug of oblivion to these primitive love songs. Vocals don’t surface until nearly halfway through ‘Always’, letting us bob along to a golden streak of guitar-pop that could go on forever. And the opener ‘Sloan’ gets its teeth into us well before a word is uttered.
If the Melbourne trio’s debut ep was plainly indebted to early Beat Happening, their album is more like the chugging sprawl of Beat Happening’s swansong, You Turn Me On. But despite guitarist Thomas Hardisty’s Calvin Johnson-esque baritone, that comparison doesn’t hold as much water. Woollen Kits come into their own here, spinning craggy, jangle-prone melodies into a glowing example of underground pop that’s decidedly unpolished but not quite falling apart either. - Mess And Noise Blog
Tracklist: "Sloan", "For You", "Be Your Friend", "University Narcolepsy", "Out of Wack", "In Between", "I Love You", "Always" and "Watch You Walk".