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Speedy Ortiz – No Below

‘No regrets,’ said Robbie Williams. ‘They don’t work.’ Sadie Dupuis, singer of Speedy Ortiz, says it better on No Below, a song that straddles something between charm and angst, a love song and one of heartbreak. With a chorus of ‘I was better off being dead’ it might seem incongruous that this is one of the most realistic and positive musings on relationships to be released in years, explaining that all that has happened in the past gets you to where you are now. Although this is presumably only a good thing if you like where you are now. The searingly smart lyrics, abrasive melodies and slightly stormy ambience are reflective of the overall vibe of the band’s new record Major Arcana, out now on Carpark Records.

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