Frau: Mira 7"
2nd 7" from this brilliant London band released to coincide with their recent US tour. I was a huge proponent of their first single, and Mira is even better. For me, the standout track on the first EP was the title track, "Punk Is My Boyfriend," which was built around these crazy whiplash rhythmic changes, but these four songs are more in the vein of "Orca," the other standout moment of brilliance on the first EP. As with that song, on the surface the songs on this EP seem simple with fairly uncomplicated riffs and snarling, angry vocals. However, Frau have this way for allowing weird things to bubble to the surface of their songs. If you listen to the root notes of the riffs there aren't a lot of surprises, but the guitars in particular have all of these chiming high notes that seem to float in the space above the music. Those are the parts of Frau that I really truly and deeply love, and I'm not sure if it's because or in spite of the fact that I have to retrain my ear slightly to pay attention to these parts. It's a unique way to navigate the poles of beauty and ugliness that punk has always danced along, and for that reason I'm pretty sure Frau have a permanent spot reserved for them in my record collection. Extremely highly recommended.Tags: 10s female-fronted london primitive punk raw recommended UK