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Swan Island, ‘The Centre Will Hold’ (16/Holocene)

Sleater-Kinney changed these five Portland gals’ lives the way riot grrrl changed S-K’s. And initially, they seem to embody every surface description of feminist punk all at once — butch and femme, political and fanciful, arty and breathy. But on this debut album, the drums find real grooves and the guitars hook up and make out, while singer Brisa Gonzalez misses old lovers (“Night Owl”) and passionately tries to mind meld with the earth (“Crumble”). Expect underground domination any day now.

Now Hear This: Swan Island – “Crumble” DOWNLOAD MP3

Now Watch This: Swan Island – “Crumble”