2nd Grade: Hit To Hit (2020)
Stylistically it's all over the place, from Pavement-like skewed indie rock to Elephant 6-tinged retro-pop to the humorous absurdity of They Might Be Giants, with shades of casual indie rockers like Ultimate Painting and Unlikely Friends. (The strongest comparison may be another band I've been meaning to bring up here, Connections, who similarly pack their releases with pithy, rapid-fire skewed post-punk pop-rock tracks.) Opener "W-2" is a frenzied little lo-fi rocker, a shot across the bow; "Trigger Finger" is spunky and silly post-punk; "Velodrome" is jangly power pop--and that's just the first 4 minutes. Other fun stand-outs include the absurdist "Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider" (which is about... well, I guess Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider); the delightful baroque pop tune "Shooting From The Hip"; the fizzy alt.pop "Sunkist"; punk-pop blast "Sucking My Thumb"; new wave-infused "Boys In Heat"; the Brian-Wilson-crossed-with-GbV "Summer Interlude"; and the brilliantly titled and truly wonderful "When You Were My Sharona," a lyrically playful bit of nostalgia that calls to mind a more guitar-oriented Magnetic Fields.
The more fleshed-out songs are interspersed with a few solo acoustic ballads, providing a little breather along the way.
Here's the video for "Velodrome" and "My Bike":