Lou Barlow - Brace The Wave 12 inch
This is music for late-night self-reflection, if not quite the self-loathing of the younger Barlow. While the elephant in the room throughout Defend Yourself was the dissolution of Barlow's marriage, Brace the Wave is somehow even more personal, delving into the minutiae of his collapse. On the opener "Redeemed", Barlow reveals to a newfound love, "I need a place to hide/ Somewhere I can bring my thoughts to you/ And be redeemed." The track builds slowly, hitting its emotional peak as he laments, "Memories are made of razor blades", and the gentle acoustic strum turns brittle and forceful.