J Mascis‘ “Elastic Days” is upon us! A collection of songs brimming with epic hooks and subtle guitar textures that slide against each other like old lovers and snare you in surprisingly subtle ways.
Like its solo outing predecessors, “Elastic Days” was recorded at J‘s own Bisquiteen studio. Mascis does almost all his own stunts, although Ken Miauri (who also appeared on “Tied to a Star”) plays keyboards and there are a few guest vocal spots. These include old mates Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), and Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), as well as the newly added voice of Zoë Randell (Luluc) among others. But the show is mostly J‘s and J‘s alone.
The biggest difference with this record might have to do with the drums says Mascis. “I’d just got a new drum set I was really excited about. I don’t have too many drum outlets at the moment, so I played a lot more drums than I’d originally planned. I just kept playing. [laughs] I’d play the acoustic guitar parts then head right to the drums.”
“a lovely, open-hearted song that punctuates Mascis’ rich, acoustic strums with some lightning-strike electric solos.”—Consequence Of Sound
“a warm, shaggy strummer that’s still a bit more visceral than most of Mascis’ recent solo stuff. He plays some triumphant, blazing electric solos in there, and his drums sound pretty great, too.”—Stereogum
“Elastic Days promises to have more than a good rhythm: We’re looking forward to unexpected hooks and guitar slides that straddle a broad range of genres.”—PASTE