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Health, Death Magic (Fiction/Lorna Vista Records)


08/20/15



Health, Death Magic (Fiction/Lorna Vista Records)
Third LP from the Los Angeles noise-pop quartet, whose resumé includes a bizarre amount of love from crotchety old Pitchfork as well as an opening slot for Nine Inch Nails — this has to be some sort of L.A. cluster thing, right? Nah, not necessarily, especially when the essence of this stuff boils down to Depeche Mode meeting Raveonettes in a dark, bottle-strewn alley. The lazy, disaffected singing matches up well in this day and age with the clanging noisy synths, the latter of which focuses on making Simple Minds-like beauty with the keyboard jacked to 11. The only thing I can think of that sounds like this is the first Birthday Massacre album, which was prettier, but there’s a lot of haunting, goth-friendly vibe to it for sure. During its better moments, lead single “New Coke” sounds like Wire with a dubstep-rinse kid manning the drum machine, so there’s that for an “OK, this is more than a little intriguing” factor. Only complaint is that it seems a little too complacent at times, which could have been avoided with some really crazy-sounding glitch, but it’ll more than suffice to appease Gen X’ers earnestly trying to like music that isn’t 30 years old. A — Eric W. Saeger





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