Due: 22 Jan

Kiwi Jr. are a jangly, bemused, revved-up indie rock band from Toronto. At the beginning of the year, they released their debut album Football Money, which got a lot of people reaching for Pavement comparisons. That influence is definitely there, but Kiwi Jr. sound more uptight than Pavement, and there’s more sweetness in their silliness. to me, they sound more like what might happen if Parquet Courts tried really hard to sound like Courtney Barnett. This is, in my estimation, a good thing.

January 2020 must’ve been a bad time to release a debut album, but Kiwi Jr. haven’t let it slow them down. Since Football Money dropped, they’ve taken part in this past summer’s Galaxie 500 covers series and signed to Sub Pop. Early next year, barely a year after releasing Football Money, they’ll come out with their sophomore LP Cooler Returns. So far they’ve shared the title track, a scratchy post-punk jam with some seriously funny lyrics: “It’s not fair to be strung out on the back of your ATV/ Throwing dead birds into the air, singing, ‘Howdy, neighbors, how do you like my new ride?’/ And now I can see that after spending some time apart.”