Old Ugly, 2011
At times impenetrable, at times a jangly-folk sing-along, Layne L'Heureux's 'New' mines the corners of lo-fi, searching for the brilliance inside the fog. On a song like "I Knew," where his voice floats above the minimalist acoustic guitar, his approach works well, but when his best asset is buried under wails of noise, as it is on the first track, "Torture," he drifts some. He can succeed with noisier stuff—"Eater" ably proves that—but the music requires a better sense of balance at times.
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