Personnel: Derek Cowart, Alexander Ahmadi (vocals, guitar); Shannon Lay (vocals); Lucas Drake (synthesizer); Grani Cabeza De Vaca (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Mark Rains.
Recording information: Station House Studios.
Spacy Los Angeles quartet Cosmonauts return with their fourth long-player, 2016's A-OK! An outlier on the Burger Records roster, Cosmonauts eschew the lackadaisical "good enough for a cassette" aesthetic of most of their lo-fi labelmates in favor of slinky, British-inspired space rock with heavy new wave tendencies. They can turn up their amps and make as much noise as their garage contemporaries, but the 12-string jangle of tuneful standouts like "Good Lucky Blessing" and "Cruisin'" have their roots in the earnest rock paeans of Simple Minds or even early Brit-pop. Similarly, the fine riffing of the title track channels the Bunnymen, while "Doom Generation" further reveals Cosmonauts' affinity for coolly droning Jesus and Mary Chain-style mood rock. In a Californian landscape where slouchy underachieving four-track rock is the norm, it's nice to hear a band with a sense of craft. ~ Timothy Monger