A Weird Tuesday album highlight:

Traitrs’ music can trace its roots back to those Gene Loves Jezebel days of British goth/post-punk. The singing is earnest and incongruously hopeful against a backdrop of mainly downbeat instrumentation. Another incongruity is that you can pretty well dance to the rolling percussion of “Lya” or the decidedly rock beat of “Gallows Hill” even though the subject matter is somewhat grim. One update from the ’80s is that bleakness expressed throughout ‘Rites and Rituals’ is all too real. For the likes of The Cure and Bauhaus it was mere goth fashion, but for Traitr it is a starkly real reflection of the modern world.