J Mascis – What Do We Do Now (2024) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

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J Mascis – What Do We Do Now (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:39 minutes | 997 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

Best known as the leader of Dinosaur Jr., a trio addicted to monstrous levels of volume, J Mascis has another side to his musical character. Inside this apostle of ear-shredding noise lurks a sensitive indie rock balladeer, whose creaky, minor key voice—often compared to Neil Young—is the perfect accent to his opaque songs of loss and doubt.Strip out the guitars of many Dino Jr. songs and it’s clear that Mascis has always written multi-layered songs. Like What Do We Do Now’s “It’s True,” where he’s in a state—”I’m just lying here, lost in fear, it’s rising/ It’s not the worst, but how bad could it get?”—and reluctantly implores, “Let me find the way to go/ Let the cracks begin to show.” The opener “Can’t Believe We’re Here” is nearly a pop single, or what his Byron Coley-penned bio calls a “full blown post core power ballad.” Further along, “Right Behind You” is one of the most tuneful originals of his career. The worry ballad, “I Can’t Find You,” where Mascis broods, “Feeling so obscure/ Drifting through my head/ It’s made me insecure/ I’m begging you instead,” is the kind of sensitive indie rock wondering that his Dinosaur Jr. persona would have hidden under sonic intensity.

Mascis’s arranging has reached a new level of mastery; the mix of acoustic guitars, nearly-too-busy drumming, extended guitar solo and pleading voice on “Right Behind You” is nearly perfect. He ramps up his singing to a stronger and more confident height in the anthemic, pop-leaning title track. Mascis recorded this fifth solo album at his Western Massachusetts home studio; the detailed sound excels at sharply defined borders between instruments. He handles almost all the instruments except for piano, played by frequent collaborator Ken Mauri, and the pedal steel guitar, played by Matthew “Doc” Dunn. Willing to tone down the clamor as a solo act, J Mascis shows what was behind the volume all along.


1-01. J Mascis – Can’t Believe We’re Here (03:58)
1-02. J Mascis – What Do We Do Now (05:00)
1-03. J Mascis – Right Behind You (04:20)
1-04. J Mascis – You Don’t Understand Me (03:50)
1-05. J Mascis – I Can’t Find You (04:24)
1-06. J Mascis – Old Friends (04:13)
1-07. J Mascis – It’s True (05:16)
1-08. J Mascis – Set Me Down (03:53)
1-09. J Mascis – Hangin Out (04:53)
1-10. J Mascis – End Is Gettin Shaky (04:48)

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