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Vertical Scratchers, "Daughter of Everything" (Merge Records)

A band named for the method in which guitarist and singer John Schmersal works his instrument, Vertical Scratchers are an L.A. two piece that teams said scraping with catchy songs and the wild percussion of Christian Beaulieu to create roughhouse guitar pop. "Daughter of Everything" is their first and features 15 compact songs, many of which are under two minutes long.

The result is a beautiful mess, guitar pop as viewed through a shattered mirror, one that suggests Ray Davies' memorable melodies with the Kinks, the in-and-out bursts of the post-punk band the Minutemen and a...

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