Boomkat Product Review:
Excellent compilation of early gear by all-female NYC No Wave trio, Y Pants, including cuts produced by Glenn Branca and originally issued on the pivotal 99 Records (Liquid Liquid, ESG, Vivian Goldman) in 1980, alongside harder-to-find compilation tracks.
Naturally marrying swooning vocal harmonies with rickety, direct grooves and gauzy FX, the Y Pants sound was rightly compared with The Raincoats out of the UK, but distinguished by a more clipped, playful style native to the No Wave scene.
This set captures them at their early best, dealing with he tribulations of laundry in the milk-bottle percussions and nagging hooks of Favourite Sweater, then with a stark, stop-start lurch and jab in Magnetic Attraction and a healthy dose of slack boogie nonchalance on Off The Hook, whereas Luego Fuego really gets under the skin with needling electronics and staccato drums to jangle yer No Wave nerve good and proper.
Well tipped to fans of ESG, Mars, The Raincoats