12 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Milwaukee power pop band Jaill chases a '60s-influenced, '70-informed style of rock 'n' roll. When the melody hits the spot, all feels right with the world. The trebly and slashing surf guitars, simple unencumbered arrangements, and gleeful harmonies add up to simple pleasures that demand the sound be turned up. Picking the album highlight is a game of Top This, as each tune uncovers a twist that makes it the current favorite. "Waste a Lot of Things" kicks off in high spirits. "Horrible Things (Make Pretty Songs)" displays the band's hummable sad side, as wisps of The Beach Boys trail through the air. "Madness" floats with acoustic guitar and a keyboard introducing the song's scrappy appeal. "Ten Teardrops" centers on a melody that quickly bursts with joy. "Everyone's a Bitch" cranks up the power chords for a new wave–styled punch. "Lazy River" is too good to be just a bonus track, but so it is. Recorded in a basement studio, Traps has the sparkling feel of a band that records whenever the inspiration hits and the time is right.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Milwaukee power pop band Jaill chases a '60s-influenced, '70-informed style of rock 'n' roll. When the melody hits the spot, all feels right with the world. The trebly and slashing surf guitars, simple unencumbered arrangements, and gleeful harmonies add up to simple pleasures that demand the sound be turned up. Picking the album highlight is a game of Top This, as each tune uncovers a twist that makes it the current favorite. "Waste a Lot of Things" kicks off in high spirits. "Horrible Things (Make Pretty Songs)" displays the band's hummable sad side, as wisps of The Beach Boys trail through the air. "Madness" floats with acoustic guitar and a keyboard introducing the song's scrappy appeal. "Ten Teardrops" centers on a melody that quickly bursts with joy. "Everyone's a Bitch" cranks up the power chords for a new wave–styled punch. "Lazy River" is too good to be just a bonus track, but so it is. Recorded in a basement studio, Traps has the sparkling feel of a band that records whenever the inspiration hits and the time is right.

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