Some of their most enjoyable work to date
Though Matador is hugely trusted as a label, imprint True Panther is increasingly the risk-taker – Brooklyn’s [a]Tanlines[/a], comprising Eric Emm (former bandmate of Ian ‘Battles’ Williams in Storm & Stress and Don Caballero) and Professor Murder’s Jesse Cohen, proving a fine example of this. ‘Mixed Emotions’ is nearer the latter’s work, being so ’80s kitsch that even Destroyer might balk at its temerity. But there’s an experience that shines through on the nostalgic lust of ‘Abby’ and faded balladry of ‘Laughing’. In different hands it could’ve gone so wrong, but Emm and Cohen’s decision to kick back together has spawned some of their most enjoyable work to date.
[i]Simon Jay Catling[/i]