speedy ortiz is set to release their second album for carpark records, foil deer, on april 21st. last month the quartet shared “raising the skate,” a crushing lead single replete with a winding, monolithic guitar riff, and its follow-up is just as good. “the graduates” hinges less on the size of the riff and more on its harmonic dexterity, affording sadie dupuis’ killer chorus of “i was the best at being second place / but now i’m just the runner up” the space it needs to fully resonate. if the rest of foil deer has even half the potency of these two singles, speedy ortiz has something really special in their possession. take a listen to “the graduates” below.