2015 has been a somewhat disappointing year for new records in my opinion. While there has been no shortage of good records, the great ones have been fewer and further between. I wouldn't go so far as to put Nervous Talk into the conversation for the best record of 2015, but there is no argument that their debut falls firmly in the the great records category.
Throughout this record, Nervous Talk are throwing out some pretty incredible guitar riffs. That's my absolute favorite part of this record, sitting back and watching where the next chord progression is going to veer off to. It's a very poppy and catchy record, but it's also something of am master class in garage rock guitar work. You've got some searing leads peppered in here and there, but for the most part this is an album all about the main guitar riff.
Vocals have a sheen of static over them, but it works in a similar way as the Marked Men. It gives the singing something of an otherworldly quality, but I never feel like the production is being used to hide something. From the very second that rocking lead guitar on album opener "Different Person" kicks in to fleeting final moments of laid back closer "Way To Go" Nervous Talk has delivered an album full of amazing power pop moments. The songs are always catchy, but there's just enough garage buzz to keep you guessing.
Nervous Talk - S/T LP: