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Melkbelly – Nothing Valley

Tuesday 07th, November 2017 / 15:17
By Jamie McNamara

Melkbelly
Nothing Valley
Wax Nine Records

With their debut album Nothing Valley, Chicago band Melkbelly have created perhaps the most cacophonous rock record of the year. It’s also one of the best debuts of the year, deftly combining math-y garage elements with riot grrrl-esque rock. “Kid Kreative” is the most straightforward of the songs on Nothing Valley; a straight-up garage rock smash-and-grab built on a catchy guitar hook and lead singer Miranda Winters’ charismatic vocal delivery. In a recent Stereogum piece, Winters described the track as being about “… having your aesthetic hijacked by someone else. Specifically, as a woman that plays rock ‘n’ roll, having your aesthetic hijacked by a man and them easily capitalizing on that.”  

Luckily for Melkbelly, their aesthetic here is purely their own. The following track “R.O.R.O.B.” features a noise breakdown that feels like something out of a hardcore track. The song after that is a winding indie track that sounds like a Speedy Ortiz song put through a meat grinder. From there, the album remains wildly divergent from anything else on the indie scene right now. Overall, Nothing Valley is an essential listen for anyone who ever thought that guitar music could ever die.  

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