Label: Lame-O / Run For Cover Modern Baseball co-conspirator Jake Ewald takes us on a trip with the first full-length from his latest project, Slaughter Beach, Dog. ‘Welcome’ is very much Ewald’s brainchild, as he seeks to compose an album with complete creative control and freedom for the first time. The musical canvas displayed here is both vast and varied, with elements of punk, alt-rock, indie, folk, even country, all featured. Ewald isn’t afraid to colour outside of the lines here either, and produces a record set on stretching his Philadelphia punk rock roots to their limits. For fans of Ewald’s work with Modern Baseball this is another essential collection of emotive songs, with many examples which demonstrate the care and craft that has gone into ensuring the cohesive nature of the record. For everyone else, ‘Welcome’ is worth the multiple listens needed to absorb everything featured here. Less insta-personal than his work with Modern Baseball, Ewald takes us on a wild trip with Slaughter Beach, Dog. A trip of both surprising depth and familiar heart.