Ventriloquizzing’s combo of low-register, talky, and somewhat menacing vocal delivery with jittery indie funk reminds me of early Shriekback. A lot. Enough for me to mostly overlook that the lyrics are not much to my taste (repetitive, leaning on familiar phrases and imagery, and in the case of “Sixteen Shades of Black & Blue,” unpleasant). Longtime Pernice Brother Thom Monahan produces, which influenced my purchase decision, but doesn’t mean the record sounds Pernice-y in any identifiable way. It’s a very smooth listen; I feel pulled from one track to the next, and before I know it I’ve listened to the whole thing again.