Ecdysis EP is named for the biological process by which the old becomes the new, which is what happened for Love when he made it: re-examination, reassessment and reinvention, resulting here in a brief but bristly set of meticulously detailed songs located somewhere between Nikki Sudden and fellow cosmic travelers Foxygen on the oddball-auteur axis. This might be an EP, but it’s got life and depth enough to feel like an album. With the extremely compatible Fatal Jamz, the maverick glam-pop (à la Bowie, Jobriath or … Axl Rose?) outfit led by the fully committed Marion Belle, and Shannon Lay, the guitarist/vocalist in formidable locals Feels. Lay’s February solo album All This Life Goin Down ably invokes the bedroom isolation-with-instrument sound of Sibylle Baier or Peter Laughner.
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