Minneapolis indie-rock quintet Poolboy’s sound has a simmering, slow-burning charm. The five elegantly refined tracks that comprise the group’s self-titled EP showcase singer Seth Conover’s self-deprecating personal observations (including the long-term effects of exposure to pornography), which are complemented by textured, blossoming arrangements.

Poolboy honed their adventurous psych-rock sound by gigging around town with a wide array of young bands who inspire one another. As a result, the shows have gotten tighter since their record-release party in 2016. The occasional new songs that pop up during Poolboy’s live sets hint that a new release is imminent, and hopefully the group can build on the promise suggested by their captivating and inventive debut. [Best New Band, City Pages 2017]