Earrings Off!

Adult Jazz, 2016

The new millennium brought a new breed of art-rock: a hybridized, deeply psychedelic brand of day-glo pop. It's served smothered in dizzying effects and digitally manipulated in the most minute ways, some that weren't possible just a handful of years ago. Operating as collagists, bands like Adult Jazz build intricately constructed vistas spiked with sonic non-sequiturs. It's a maximalist deluge meant to disorient, keeping Earrings Off! unsteady and unpredictable even without that spark of live spontaneity. If the devil is in the details, Adult Jazz is downright demonic.