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Guillermo Sexo’s ‘Bring Down Your Arms’ EP

Guillermo Sexo

“Bring Down Your Arms” EP

This shimmering Boston quartet has been shifting through lineups for years, blasting through a collection of high-speed indie rock at an admirable pace. Its latest, “Bring Down Your Arms,” might be its best yet. It’s full of dense guitar squalls and quick mood swings, like Sonic Youth on shuffle with the Jesus and Mary Chain, and just as often hints at melancholy ’60s pop like “California Dreamin’.” The opener, “All Whispers,” crawls from a wistful acoustic shuffle, singer Noell Dorsey floating over the easy changes until a crushing wall of fuzz crashes into the chorus. Here she lets loose, banshee Black Francis-style. A live-wire guitar solo follows, and we’re left with an airtight construction of noise and propulsive indie pop. Things get thornier in “Echo Out My Call,” with dissonant chunks of guitar chords and brooding back-and-forth vocals from Dorsey and guitarist Reuben Bettsak, culminating a sucker punch of a chorus (“Help me feel alive”) that catapults the whole song into another time zone for a couple of seconds. The best news? There’s a full-length album of this stuff on the way in the spring.

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ESSENTIAL: “Bring Down Your Arms”

Guillermo Sexo plays Feb. 8 at O’Briens Pub.

Matt Parish can be reached at mattparish@gmail.com.
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