Release Date: Mar 31, 2017
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
To hear Eva Moolchan dissect language, you'd think it'd be easy. Get a drum machine, get a synthesiser, play the bass like a badass. "Their soul's in their feet." You give praise to the formula, she says on the test tube jam opener "Inside Edition" - not the pop-punk three-step method or any other well-trod shortcuts, but more like the equation for velocity or centripetal force.
For her second album as Sneaks, Eva Moolchan has made the huge leap from low-key favourite label Sister Polygon to beloved indie behemoth Merge. Merge have expanded their roster to include music of all kinds in the last decade, but even still banking on the unfussed post-punk of the young DC artist is quite a daring move. However, when you hear It's A Myth, you completely understand why they would want to take an artist like Moolchan into their fold.
Brevity defines the music that Washington, D.C.'s Eva Moolchan makes as Sneaks . On her new album It's a Myth , Moolchan logs ten tracks across 18 minutes. On her debut Gymnastics , she didn't pass 14 minutes. Her take on post-punk is minimalist and sparse--music that proves there's a virtue in being concise.
With its minimalist beats, rubbery basslines, and verses that are built a bit like raps but are clearly not hip-hop, Sneaks sometimes suggest what you'd get if a smart but soft-spoken American woman tried to channel the Sleaford Mods. Of course, the Sleaford Mods are the polar opposite of soft-spoken or the American, so the comparison only carries so much weight, but the second album from Eve Moolchan's recording project, 2017's It's a Myth, is a fascinating example of how the nuts and bolts of hip-hop can be used to create something else altogether. There's as much indie rock in It's a Myth as hip-hop (trading the rhythm programs for a drum kit on "Act Out" reveals just how close the proportions are), but most of these ten tracks find Sneaks lost in a groove and liking it, and though these tunes sometimes suggest a breakdown while you're waiting for the rest of the band to come back in, even the most skeptical can sway easily to this music with minimal effort.