First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, 'Foil Deer'

April 13, 2015 3:03 AM

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First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, 'Foil Deer'

In the dissonant opening seconds of Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, Sadie Dupuis lays out her mission statement concisely: "I've known you not so very long / but watch your back, because baby's so good with a blade." Throughout the record, the songwriter and guitarist repeatedly references that sort of vivid and violent imagery, as her forceful words match the band's scorching fury. The message is clear: Don't find yourself on Dupuis' bad side, because her weapons of choice are a skillfully wielded guitar and a sharp tongue.

Considering her knack for wordplay, it's no surprise that Dupuis recently completed an MFA in poetry at UMass-Amherst — impressive for anyone, let alone someone in a constantly touring band. Still, in a year brimming with new records by superb songwriters (Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutc...

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