"Split EP" C23
(Palm Tapes)

At the beginning of my sophomore year of highschool, I was given my first ever mixtape. Mazzy Star, Belly, Pavement, Tori Amos, Liz Fucking Phair. Tons of amazing early ‘90s “Alternative” bands, mostly female fronted, with rich layered vocal melodies, dreamy guitar arpeggios and upbeat, simple rhythm sections. Both Stef Chura and Anna Burch would have fit perfectly on that tape, but I’m so glad to hear them here, now, in the mid 2010’s. If emo can make a come back, thank god for more alternative! If only the tape weren’t so damn short…

-- Jacob An Kittenplan