Ten Years Younger EP
This charmingly lo-fi EP from Glasgow's Bubblegum Lemonade is shot through with Jesus and Mary Chain super-fuzzed guitars, but has a few extra layers in its favor thanks to home-styled recording and minimized production values. There's a tendency with music that's going for a rougher aesthetic to skimp on the premeditation in songwriting, but these four tracks are surprisingly well arranged, hook-laden and harmonic. "The Tomorrow People" borrows the 12 string chime from the Byrds' early days, along with the steady drone of other early '60s pop-psychedelic crossovers. "Unsafe at Any Speed" and the title track play out more simplistic, like Velvet Underground two-chord jams skirting the edges of a driving, but equally naive beat. A cover of "That Thing You Do!" rounds out the disc feeling completely at home in the unpolished annals of Scottish pop, a place where a seemingly endless stream of good music is borne.