Naomi Punk, ‘Television Man’ (Captured Tracks)
Self-described as “another deformed art object in a crass marketplace of filth and rot,” stalwart Olympia rock band Naomi Punk is back with its third album, “Television Man.”
It may or may not be named after the Talking Heads song — as far as sonic touchstones, Nirvana is far more apparent — but like the Talking Heads, this music, too, is a rhythm thing. The best track is finale “Rodeo Trash Pit,” which sways and grinds into the boyish holler of Travis Coster: “I felt your spirit inside me / since 1973.”
Though only in his 20s, Coster has an old soul that goes back to punk’s genesis. He always sounds far away, outside his own body. The music plays against his ghostly presence with thorax blows and facial uppercuts, then goes back into the netherworld with soothing instrumental interludes — a Naomi Punk hallmark.
The music is totally uncompromising — influenced by other artists, but ultimately its own thing: stop-start music for people who like to be worked over.
Other new releases
Elvis Presley, “That’s The Way It Is,” 8 CD, 2 DVD box set (Legacy)
Spoon, “They Want My Soul” (Loma Vista/Republic)
Various Artists (Iggy Azalea, Paramore, Shakira, others), “Now 51: That’s What I Call Music” (Sony Legacy)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Naomi Punk performs Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Vera Project and Friday, Aug. 22 at the Showbox.