May 24, 2020

Pagan holiday

A refreshing respite in these locked down times, Belfast’s New Pagans dispense an alternative antidote for self-isolation with Glacial Erratic. Garage rock getaways “Bloody Soil” and “It’s Darker” inoculate the vocal vaccine of lead singer Lyndsey McDougall as she applies urgent angst to guitarist Cahir O’Doherty’s sinewy solo outbreaks. “Lily Yeats” and “I Could Die” double the dose of post-punk penicillin, “Admire” adeptly flattens the recording’s cranked up curve and copacetic cure-all “Charlie has the face of a saint” further distances the band from insipid indie herds. It’s a contagious consideration for “Album of the Year.”