Here's the eighth proper album and second album with new (since 2008) singer Mollie Israel. I've been a fan of this much-overlooked band ever since meeting them and catching a show years ago, but with this album they've really gelled with Mollie's writing, as well as pushed themselves sonically. The Cocteau Twins' drum machine, dense reverbs and twangy surf guitars (courtesy of Steve Masucci, instigator of many Tape Op interviews) of past albums meet up with distorted bass tracks and impressive use of string-like synth arrangements in this new material. I won't even tell you what this was recorded on, as you wouldn't believe it compared to how great this album sounds. Mastered, with some mixing, by the legendary Larry Alexander (interview soon) as well. ( -LC

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