The guitarist for 4AD’s dream-punk outfit Merchandise, David Vassalotti, has done fine work on his own lately, and this breakup album carries on that tradition with intimate storytelling and textured beauty.

Often on the calmer side of post-punk, songs like the vulnerable “This Extravagant Lie” and the quirky, languid guitar of “The Light” that builds into a blurry, tense situation show us just how creative Vassalotti can get, while efforts like “The Lines Between” seem right at home in Manchester in the mid 80s with poetic delivery and meticulous attention to detail. Other standout moments include the more anthemic “Let It Burn,” the acoustic picking of “Manifest Destiny,” and the upbeat, instrumental “The Other Light.”

Heavy on the reverb and occasionally featuring trumpets and the random guitar solos, Vassalotti delivers an atypical experience of well-crafted and oddly familiar tunes that fans of Leonard Cohen and Morrissey will be smitten with.

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