Mike Krol presents his third record, and his first for famed indie label Merge. Turkey is a direct thrashload of lo-fi indie-punk-pop, rich with analogue hiss. In fact, the instruments all seem to slide together into one big high-energy mess. This is a lot of fun. LP comes with a nice newsprint-esque insert.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 01 September 2015
Sounding a lot like the dude from Wheatus if he was backed by a palate of Tony Molina's breaching lo-fi guitars, Mike Krol is here dressed as a cop (questionable stuff, Mike) for the feedbacker-pop of ‘Turkey’. These songs fly by in a squalor of riffs, shredded chords and nuisance lyrical addendums. If you like mischief, compartmentalised into two minute songs, then get on this.
Fuzz pop has become easy sport thanks to early Weezer, with the aforementioned Molina leading the back in terms of freewheeling, almost cartoonish guitars that can trade between sweet-laced indie rock and grungy, metallic riffs. What Krol is doing with his nasal vocal and tight, thrashing rhythms is less fun, but it has plenty of whacky moments, like the unwinding guitars and unhinged vocal harmonies of “Left Out” or the random vocal interjections of “Suburban Wasteland”, which recall Malkmus losing it on “Stereo”.
And of course, it’s the simplicity that clinches a minor victory or two for ‘Turkey’: the love song lyrics of “This the News”, coupled with some grunge-grunting licks, or the defiant pop of “Cactuses”, which sounds caught halfway between the Beatles and Fountains of Wayne. Mike Krol, you’ve done it again: you’ve made another pop punk album. The genre still exists. Well done.
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