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Albums: February 21, 2014

New records from Phantogram and more

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Various Artists, Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…
The soundtrack for Lena Dunham’s Brooklyn-problems dramedy is a lot like the show itself: very of-the-moment, a little messy, and definitely exciting. You’ll want to hear the new stuff first — particularly tracks from Miguel, Beck, and Jenny Lewis, all excellent. Also looming large in the mix is Zero DeZire’s raucous electro-pop anthem “It’s My Birthday,” which is as close as this volume gets to a Robyn/Icona Pop moment. And if you have to ask why Oasis’ “Wonderwall” is in there, you’re either too old or too young for this album. B+Ray Rahman

Phantogram, Voices
The work this winsome indie-electro duo did on OutKast icon Big Boi’s 2012 solo release, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (they provided both vocals and production), has clearly added some swagger to their beat science. On their second disc, the pair crank out newly groovy space-age bachelor-pad music: Swirling stutter steps like first single “Fall in Love” and “Howling at the Moon” sound downright ferocious, without sacrificing the gauzy, lovely ache at Voices’ center. A-Kyle Anderson