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ADULT., TUSSLE

Perhaps the truest line in the verbose manifesto that accompanies Adult.’s fourth album, Why Bother? (Thrill Jockey), is the relatively concise “We lack a casualness.” With the urgent restlessness and monomaniacal focus of speed freaks, husband-and-wife duo Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus cut away the bullshit of new-wave revivalism to produce graceful, darkwavey interludes […]

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Akron/Family

Akron/Family exercised its eclecticism like a group of talented but green rookies on its self-titled debut, released last year on Michael Gira’s Young God Records. It was cool to hear them hop from mellow folk picking to squelchy vocal collage to spacey stadium rock on “Suchness,” or flip from flute-led psychedelia to acoustic balladry to […]

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Alexei Borisov

Russian journeyman Alexei Borisov began playing music in the early 80s as the front man of the Centre, one of the Soviet Union’s first new wave bands, before founding the pioneering industrial dance outfit Notchnoi Prospekt. Since the 90s, however, he’s gravitated toward electronic music of various stripes, particularly techno and abstract experimentalism; this performance, […]

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Adult., Magas, Tamion 12 Inch

Adult. could’ve ridden their wave of underground popularity straight into a rut; instead the Detroit electro act made Anxiety Always (on their own Ersatz Audio), an album that’s sure to alienate a bunch of their fans. Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus have ditched melancholy sweetness and the Kraftwerk vibe in favor of increased paranoia. […]