Olympia’s Khaela Maricich founded the Blow during the massive bloom of indie electro-pop more than a decade ago, and unlike most of her contemporaries, she wasn’t ashamed to borrow sounds and ideas from mainstream pop—most of which she ran through the aesthetic and philosophical filters of the Pacific Northwest’s famously radical punk scene. The results were a fascinating collection of juxtapositions—DIY punk mixing with radio pop, twee faux naivete colliding with grad-school-level political theorizing—and some incredibly catchy songs. “True Affection”
and “Jet Ski Accidents,”
both recorded when YACHT’s Jona Bechtolt was collaborating with Maricich in the Blow, are among the most memorable cuts indie rock produced that decade. Since then an entire cohort of young female artists—Grimes and Lorde are good examples—have made their names orchestrating evocative collisions of mainstream pop and avant-garde electronic music. So it seems like a good time for Maricich to release the Blow’s self-titled fourth LP, out last week on Kanine. Though it was recorded with a new partner (Melissa Dyne) in a new home city (Brooklyn), it still flips all the right switches. —Miles Raymer Love Inks open.