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Myth Takes

With the advent of warmer weather, lit charcoal, and birds in heat comes a new smoking hot collection of dance-rock from indie powerhouses !!!. Thankfully, their propensity for monotonous loops which sprawl out and loop like subdivisional cul de sacs has been shifted toward the more pop-friendly spectrum with Myth Takes. "All My Heroes are Weirdos" and "Must Be the Moon" would not sound at all out of place on recent releases from mainstream hitmakers The Rapture as the typical drum 'n' bass heart of dance music is spattered by multi-tracked vocals and the bastard lovechild guitars of disco and progressive rock. Of course, they do not forget about satisfying their inner jam band: "Bend Over Beethoven" is a simmering pot of hi-hats and whirlwind axes that boils over eight minutes while "Heart of Hearts," the first single, is a monstrous, undulating, and unstoppable beast of grooves that would cause even the most stern wallflowers to pry their backs from the wall. However, their ideas of expansion are not always met with open ears and shifty hips. When the band attempts to delve into balladry and emotional weight on "Infinifold" and play a cruel version of God by forcefully siring Jamiroquai, '80s TV themes, and what appears to be a rabid cougar on "Break in Case of Anything," the results are decidedly less palatable. Nevertheless, Myth Takes represents a more positive direction for the band. It is the sound of an evolving group realizing that variety is the spice of life.

Release date: March 6, 2007
Label: Warp
Rating: 7.7 / 10

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