I don't really have an excuse for not paying more attention to Edsel back in the '90s; maybe there was so much similar-sounding stuff back then that after giving their records one or two spins I just filed them away. Still, after ripping the Edsel track on the "Vehicle" 7-inch a couple of weeks ago, I finally started thinking that they could be a pretty decent band, and so I dug out the one other Edsel vinyl that I own-- their "No. 5 Recitative" single on Jade Tree-- and, well, it has its moments. Sorta striding the middle between Jawbox/Fugazi D.C.-type stuff (obviously) and maybe some Touch and Go indie rock stuff like Seam (at least on the b-side, "Laugh Him to Scorn"), I'd say. You can't go wrong with the top-notch control of dynamics and the solid playing here, especially the snappy rhythm section, so I can dig this.
(these files are now listen-only)
"No. 5 Recitative"
"Laugh Him to Scorn"