There's something downright spooky about Lo. The latest EP from Seattle post-punk trio Peeping Tomboys feels like the soundtrack to summer ghost hunting, wandering darkened forests alone, or a Craft-style calling of the corners. Moody Mike Watt–style bass lines crawl through the five songs, combining with echoing shoegazey guitar riffs to create epic, meandering songs that sound like a darker, less spaced-out Slowdive. Lara Hilgemann's powerful vocals rise out of the heavy sludge, belting out imagery of daggers and branches scraping on glass in soulful croons that easily shift into raw-nerved howls that feel like invocations. "Thievery" opens the cassette with a lyric that sounds like a dare: "And when we run in the night, we'll be trailing sparks behind us/And you can follow our trail, but you're never going to find us," Hilgemann belts. On "Calypso," the singer and guitarist awakens from a nightmare, totally creeped out, and turns to a Ouija board, which spells out the title of the song. Though it clocks in at less than 20 minutes and the tempo never reaches anything that calls for more than a slow head nod, Lo feels powerful the whole way through, sliding effortlessly between pretty and menacing. Peeping Tomboys have created a tape that's the musical equivalent of unabridged fairy tales—you know, before the blood and gore was cut out. It's the good kind of creepy. ROBIN EDWARDS - The Stranger
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Lara Hilgemann (guitar, vocals)
Willa Goettling (drums)
Claire Buss (bass, vocals)