Label: Deathwish Loma Prieta have taken on a whole new sound for their fifth album Self Portrait. The past decade has seen the band invest with a frustrated sound that really was memorable by their constant barrage of sonic dissonance. For this record, the California act wanted to embrace a more positive approach to their writing, which bled through from the lyrics into the music. What makes Self Portrait refreshing to listen to is the ability of Loma Prieta to switch back and forth between their two distinct styles. Previous albums were frantic, almost sounding as if coming from the bottom of a grave. Self Portrait sounds like a band ready to walk the road to making a better name for themselves, already painting themselves a new image to rally behind.