PNKSLM is always a solid bet for garage pop and psych sway and this new cut from Henrik Appel is no exception. Falling into the garage camp, the label starts out 2021 strong. The former Lions Den member, Appel, struck out solo on an LP in 2018 and his sophomore step expands on some of his whims from the LP that crept away from his former bandmates. There’s a low-slung quality to “Wake Me Up,” a simmering just below the surface that never quite explodes through but rocks back and forth with a quiet cool. The song saws on a gritted riff, but sweetens itself with some harmony vox and a skid of sax as the song slides to a close. The label’s been making a name for itself with sour-pop gems like Cherry Pickles and ShitKid and this one files in quite nicely alongside those others. The new LP arrives January 8th.
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