Wide-eyed and hyper-aware, WIVES’ sound pulses with urgency. The Queens, NY four-piece is the latest fit into a long lineage of New York’s gritty, melodic-meets-punk. Their incisive debut, So Removed, is hook-driven, grungy dark-wave, tethered to daily anxiety without resorting to cynicism. Both the noisy dissonance of Sonic Youth and the clever, cerebral sneering of the Fall simmer as touchstones within the LP, sharp and prodding at the details. So Removed doesn’t know what the point of this is. And that’s okay.

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