Refrigerator’s beautiful previous album High Desert Lows made it to the top of my Music Year-End List of 2018, so you’ll understand that expectations were high for successor So Long to Farewell, just released on vinyl LP – cover art by Jean Smith – through Shrimper Records. The new (12th!) album of the American lo-fi indie rock combo, formed in 1990 by Shrimper founder Dennis Callaci and his brother Allen, is strong again, but not an easy one. The fourteen songs have a richer band sound, more improvisational and experimental, more varied also. And then of course there are the dark lyrics. Anyway, an album worth giving it the time it deserves (Time Well Wasted, as the title of one of the tracks goes). So much respect for these guys. You won’t get it more indie than this.
Bonus: Watch the videos for Drink Ourselves To Death and Broken Glass Shore below.