“Pleasant Valley Fun House”

Malcolm Marsden made music in New Haven, CT with legends of the Cleveland/Boston indie scenes of the 1970s and 80s, then built The neithernors in the spirit of independence that drew him there in the first place. Even so, The neithernors’ sound is also an echo of the Lower East Side and Hoboken, 2-guitar celebration of noise and nerve.

The 6 songs on “Pleasant Valley Fun House” celebrate melody, rock rhythm and rich guitar textures, each with familiar but varied resonance, all still grandly original. “Annecy” might have been a lost Kevin Ayers song, while “Y Say Eye” is straight out of the garage.