Alaska Reid used to lead Alyeska, an LA rock band who gave off pleasing Sonic Youth vibes and occasionally drifted into Kurt Vile’s dazed headspace. That made them a good fit for veteran producer John Agnello, who counts both Vile and Sonic Youth among his clients. Agnello produced Alyeska’s 2017 debut album Crush, an under-the-radar gem that had me excited to hear more from the band. Instead, Reid is pivoting to a solo career that sounds equally promising.

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