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rough trade exclusive with a five track bonus cd featuring 'erick arc elliott' - family matters, 'abducted' - ransom remix and bandcamp versions of 'go outside', 'most wanted' and 'the curse'. ever since posting 3 songs anonymously up on band camp in the spring of 2010, excitement and intrigue has been swirling around cults. the shane stoneback (vampire weekend, mia) produced debut album is chock full of some of the most deliciously offbeat, slanted and enchanted songs you're likely to hear all year. expanding on the off-kilter loveliness of tracks like 'most wanted' and 'go outside', the album compresses key points in the history of pop - everyone from my bloody valentine to phil spector to jay z and lesley gore - and takes it down some very unexpected (and sometimes, unexpectedly dark) places indeed. gorgeously infectious melodies sit alongside surreal samples, soaring, cinematic choruses envelop lyrics detailing restlessness and heartbreak, and lush, out-and out- pop hits ('bumper', the anthemic closer 'rave on') rub up against tracks of a decidedly more sinister bent ('walk at night', 'never saw the point'). this is a pop record boldly unafraid to wear its idiosyncrasies on its sleeve, as well as its vivid harmonies.
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