New single “Rabbit Kids” is another fine chance to get acquainted with Shrag’s charms. The oblique title and muffled production again suggest the early English DIY movement. The surging boy-girl chorus and exposed nerves could almost entice you to visit MySpace again. We don’t hear the full story, but the scene is one of painful departure: “Why don’t you just stay?/ It’s hard to see you fall apart that way.” Little details– “The hand in palm/ The coral dawn”– help what sounds like personal heartache resonate for a wider world. It doesn’t hurt that the song is bright, scrappy, and exuberantly melodic enough to rank alongside tracks by Love Is All, the Long Blondes, or early Los Campesinos!. A few more like this, and Shrag might break through yet, though you get the sense they’re happy just playing in a band with their friends.
Tracklist: Rabbit Kids / Erratic Fiction
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