Pony Bones – “Crystal Key” (Stereogum Premiere)

Later this month Speedy Ortiz guitarist Matt Robidoux will release a new EP from Pony Bones, his warmly lo-fi project with drummer Kate Hanlon. We already heard the first single off PONY BONES II, “Clyfford,” which noisily stumbled into melodies with an off-balance charm. On their new single, “Crystal Key,” the band has their feet planted a little more firmly, but still manage to wring out plenty of strange fun. Over spiraling guitar lines Robidoux delivers his first verse with treated vocals in the key of Ween, but maintains a gentle stillness while Hanlon fills the spaces with her fits of crashing drums. They make for a completely symbiotic pairing.

PONY BONES II is out 4/29 via Exploding In Sound. Pre-order it here.