Vertical Scratchers is the new duo of John Schmersal, formerly of Braniac and Enon, and the ex-Triclops! drummer Christian Beaulieu. Considering that these two both come from the skronkier wing of indie rock, it shouldn’t be surprising that they make a tangled, jangled racket together, but they do so with a serious sense of melody. Merge has signed the duo, and they’ll release their debut album Daughter Of Everything early next year. Below, listen to the 97-second psych-pop sprint “These Plains.”
Daughter Of Everything is out 2/25 on Merge.