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Released: 21.05.21






A bright grunge-imbued debut album of jangly indie rock emanates from Toronto band PACKS, who are fronted by singer songwriter Madeline Link. What started out as her solo project has burgeoned into a solid four-piece backed by drums and guitars.

Reminiscent in parts of Throwing Muses, maybe missing their visceral vocal and musical edge but replaced deftly with charming discordant melancholia. Link displays gentle introspection with her unique world view as she attempts to deal with love, break ups, dating and the new post pandemic life. It was written in two distinct time periods pre and mid-quarantine, and like little gems the songs twinkle and are gone all too briefly but are no less faceted and shiny.


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