Jim White, Waffles, Triangles & Jesus (PIAPTK) –
Jim White, Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Jim White has wandered the South from his Pensacola home for 20 years, developing a reputation as an itinerant storyteller and quirky country-rock sage. His latest work is notable for how rich yet utterly normal it sounds, with layered banjo and flute providing an illusion of Nashville normality, even as lyrics to tunes like “Wash Away a World” show that White still has a strange vision all his own.
The Breeders, All Nerve (4AD) –
Kim and Kelly Deal never really left in the last quarter-century, but the Ohio sisters have brought Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson back for the first time since 1993’s Last Splash
. Kim still yelps abstract and minimal lyrics recalling her days with The Pixies, but what is most obvious is that the foursome is having melodic and thrashing fun. No deep mysteries of life here, but with The Breeders back in action, little depth is necessary.