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DIRTY AND DISCORDANT Anarchy gives way to overcompensation in this album and the band fails to live up to its potential

Swing Lo Magellan

These arty Brooklynites charmed the bloggerati with 2009’s Bitte Orca, which grafted their proggier tendencies onto more straightforward song structures. On Swing Lo Magellan, though, the group almost seems to be apologizing for even those mild concessions, doubling down on hookless instrumentation and discordant harmonies. It should be thrillingly anarchic; instead, it just meanders. Still, ”Gun Has No Trigger” recaptures Orca‘s eerie energy, while ”Impregnable Question” is quietly powerful, a taste of order amid the chaos. B

Swing Lo Magellan
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