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Albums Of The Week: Angel Du$t | YAK: A Collection of Truck Songs

The irreverent Baltimore indie pop-rockers continue to defy your expectations — and exceed them, more importantly — on their typically ecelctic fourth release.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Put simply, Baltimore’s Angel Du$t are the guys who do whatever you don’t expect.

Produced by Rob Schnapf (Kurt Vile, Elliott Smith), Yak: A Collection of Truck Songs — their fourth full-length release and the followup to their 2019 LP Pretty Buff — sees the group channeling an anything-goes philosophy into their tightest, most forward-thinking material yet. Recorded over a two-month period in Los Angeles last year, the album is a rotating smorgasbord of percussion, guitar tones, effects, genres, and influences, fashioned in the spirit of a playlist as opposed to a capital-R ‘Record.’ The album’s 12 tracks span jangle-rock gems (Big Bite), piano-spiked power pop (No Fun), and a duet with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong (Dancing On The Radio).

Breezy but determined as they imbue their laid-back acoustics with sharpness, Angel Du$t continue to prove they are band averse to boundaries. Singer-guitarist Justice Tripp remarked, “People get really married to the idea of making a record that sounds like the same band. If one song to the next doesn’t sound like it’s coming from the same band, I’m OK with that.” As for the semi-title track Truck Songs, he says: “This is one of my favorite recordings of a song that I’ve written. Plus, all my best homies got all up in this track’s ass and sent it home. Was listening to Tom Petty a grip. If you don’t know who that is check him out, I guess.”